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You know, that was really the first thing I thought of when I saw the news -- whether the Translink tax would change anything at all. Unfortunately, I still remain unconvinced that the imbeciles at Translink could make effective use of the public funds to get any meaningful improvements done.
Proponents of the Translink tax would certainly use these incidents as further proof that the tax should have been passed though.
Uber surge-pricing during Toronto subway shutdown sparks controversy
By Alexandra Posadzki The Canadian Press
TORONTO – As thousands of Toronto commuters found themselves stranded during the morning rush hour Monday following a massive subway disruption, Uber’s surge pricing kicked into effect.
Under surge-pricing, also known as dynamic pricing, the ride-hailing service uses an algorithm to lure more drivers to areas where demand is particularly high by increasing the rates in those areas.
The practice has incited controversy among some users who have called it “price gouging.” Some tweeted that Uber was charging up to four times the usual rate in some parts of the city.
But Uber spokeswoman Susie Heath says that as soon as the company became aware of the transit shutdown, it capped its dynamic pricing at three times the normal rate.
Heath says Uber always communicates to users that surge pricing is in effect.
“Dynamic pricing solves for the perennial challenge of never being able to get a ride on New Year’s Eve, after a major sporting event or during bad weather,” said Heath.
“Because Uber doesn’t employ drivers, every driver has a choice of how he or she spends his or her time. Dynamic pricing helps bring demand and supply into line, when necessary, by incentivizing more drivers to come onto the platform. Once demand falls or supply increases sufficiently, prices quickly go back to normal.”
Ian Lee, an assistant professor at Carleton’s Sprott School of Business, says he’s surprised at how some consumers have reacted to Uber’s surge pricing.
“It’s simply good old-fashioned supply and demand,” said Lee. “There’s no evil person sitting behind a computer screen trying to exploit people. It’s purely using an algorithm in the software … that says if there’s an imbalance between the demand for Uber taxes and supply of Uber taxis, the software prices you upwards.”
Lee says a number of other industries — including airlines, hotels and car rental companies — also use dynamic pricing but are simply less transparent about it.
“When you fly to Europe, you pay a lot more going in the summer time than you do going in the winter,” he said.
Translink is a joke of a corporation. But I don't know what's worse: Translink's complete and utter inability to do anything right at literally every level of the corporation, or the unbelievably naive people who voted YES to give Translink even more money to play with when it can't even manage to do anything with the current exorbitant amount of money they have.
Please for the love of god vote NO people
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^ funny you say this, but if my guess is correct, VancityBuzz are usually the first to put up a small article with a photo before proper news outlets
regardless. conspiracies eh.. haha
whatever... no one knows if Translink will actually go through with all said projects... nor does any one know how it will be phased out. You can put everything onto a nice fancy picture for the public, but all I want to know is who is gonna manage and organize the shitshow that is translink.
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Originally Posted by Manic!
Then they can gouge people every time skytrain shuts down.
Having used Uber in other cities and countries, I love the system. If there were more drivers, then the prices wouldn't be gauged unless there was a HUGE spike in demand. Yeah sure, if public transit goes down that'd be a reason. But that's supply and demand for you. The rest of the time it's a great deal and way cheaper than cabs in my experience. Friendlier service and sometimes nicer cars. And that's on top of how stupidly hard it is to get a cab in vancouver/richmond (you almost always have to call in advance).
Bahahaha... Skytrain outage is news? Isn't this like a Holiday? You'd have one at least every month?
Seriously though, Skytrain's outage happens way too often for an infrastructure of this scale. I can't remember the last time Taipei's subway system was out of service and I take it everyday. In contrast, when I used to work downtown, I would take skytrain every so often when I don't feel like battling through the morning traffic and I lived right next to the station. Even it was a rare occurrence that I take Skytrain, I was stuck at least 5 times during the 3yrs I worked there. I either have a shitty luck or Skytrain just hate me.