Uber visualizes ‘dramatic’ effect of government shutdown

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On-demand ride service Uber has crunched its data and put together some graphs showing the effect of the government shutdown on its business in the nation’s capitol. It’s a small window into this issue — consider the small fraction of federal employees, and overall residents, in the Washington, D.C.-area who use Uber — but it’s still interesting.

Uber’s blog post includes three graphs, but I think this one is the most illustrative, showing the decrease in ridership between downtown and Capitol Hill. Red lines mean ridership decreased, while blue lines mean ridership increased. For a certain population, the shutdown definitely appears to have altered their daily routines. People do seem to be flitting about the surrounding neighborhoods more frequently, though.

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What might be even more useful in assessing the shutdown’s effect would be data from a company like INRIX or Google/Waze that is capturing traffic data from a signficantly higher and more-diverse population of people. Maybe that’s coming, but for now, Uber’s little slice of shutdown insight will have to suffice.

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