The Rideshare Risk: Safety and Transit in the age of Uber

At the heart of the new “ridesharing” economy are what business leaders call Transportation Network Companies or TNCs, better known by most of us as Uber or Lyft. The speed and convenience of these new tech companies has swept the nation. Riders, in turn, have become repeat customers noticing that these new platforms are also saving them a few dollars per ride compared to other transportation services. The cost cutting has even prompted some cities to look at subsidizing TNCs with tax payer dollars as a cheaper alternative to public transit. What’s concerning is that corporate app backers neglect to highlight an important fact to riders. The reason they can offer such competitive rates is because they are actively exploiting loopholes that allow them to evade traditional driver training and screening requirements that ensure a rider’s safety.

To find conservation leaders, go to the polls in November

The Senate’s current budget proposal provides only $22.3 million (one tenth of a penny) for buying conservation lands compared to the $300 million historically allocated to Florida Forever. Voters intended for Water and Land Conservation Amendment to at least restore Florida Forever funding closer to historic levels.