Is Uber Helping or Hurting Public Transportation? Professor Jonathan Hall

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
S. Walter Stewart Public Library
170 Memorial Park Ave
East York, ON M4J 2K5
Pat Doherty
416 978 4175

UTTRI associated professor Jonathan Hall will give a free public talk on his research October 23rd at the S. Walter Stewart branch of the Toronto Public Library.  Is Uber Helping or Hurting Public Transportation? is presented as part of the library’s program series “On Civil Society.”  No registration is necessary and all are welcome.


Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing companies have transformed the transportation marketplace in cities around the world. Their entry into cities has been controversial. They have been credited with providing a reliable and affordable transportation option, serving neglected areas of cities, and providing meaningful employment. Against these benefits, they have been accused of being unsafe, creating congestion, destroying stable jobs, and flouting the law. This presentation focuses on one aspect of Uber’s effect on cities: its effect on public transportation.

Short Biography

Head shot of Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy and Governance at University of Toronto.

He is an applied microeconomist who focuses on urban transportation. His recent work has focused on how to design road tolls so they help all road users and measuring the effect of Uber on public transportation. His dissertation was honored with the Best Dissertation Award by the Transportation and Public Utilities Group and the Best Paper Award at the Kumho-Nectar Conference on Transportation Economics. Professor Hall received his BA from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Chicago.