Ridesharing Services Are Chipping Away at Mass Transit for Some Americans, But Safety Remains Big Concern (Infographic) A national poll shows that most Americans would be in favor of fingerprint background checks for drivers.
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Ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Viber are convenient, but the majority of Americans want them to be safe above all else.
In a new national poll of more than 3,000 people, 81 percent of those surveyed said that feeling safe was their primary concern when using a ride-for-hire survice, and more than two-thirds of the respondents supported fingerprint background checks for transportation network companies.
To be fair, the poll was commissioned by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association -- a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry -- but the data was independently conducted by polling firm FrederickPolls.
The infographic below shows that mass transit officials might have reason to worry -- 49 percent of those surveyed say utilize buses and trains less now that they're using rideshare services.