I was at the Transportation Research Board annual conference today in DC and during a talk about "decarbonization" (i.e., reducing GHG emissions), the speaker showed this slide. With the exception of Seattle, transit ridership fell in all of the listed cities in 2017. The speaker suggested that this might be a combination of low gas prices and competition from ride sharing. I wonder about the ride sharing. During a subsequent talk when I started to get bored, I pulled up the Uber app and priced a mid morning ride from the Convention Center to Union Station. This can be done on Metro for $2.60 and on the Circulator bus for a dollar. UberX was quoted for about $8, Uber Express Pool was about $4, and Uber Pool was in between. While UberX is very competitive with a taxi, I don't see why one would prefer Uber Express Pool to the bus or Metro. It costs more, you have to share your ride, and you have to do contortions getting in and out of the car. Plus you have to walk to the pickup point and from wherever they drop you off. Plus Uber is selling information about your riding habits to who knows what kind of companies. Its also kind of interesting that even though everyone here in DC has been moaning about the decline and fall of WAMTA, they are by no means the worst performing transit agencies in the Nation. That honor seems to go to SEPTA and Miami.