There has been a lot of talk about Prop 22, and the noise has only gotten louder as we head to Election Day. Yikes. We thought it would be valuable to look at it from a different perspective than what we’re currently seeing in the news. We’re talking about transportation equity.

For transparency, while most of us at IPA are for Prop 22, none of us see it as the silver bullet that’s needed to solve the issues of the gig economy. But one thing is clear: Without Prop 22, low-income communities and communities of color are going to bear the brunt of the repercussions. That’s something none of us should tolerate. 

An independent study from the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) found that the loss of app-based rideshare services would have pretty devastating consequences for consumers in many areas of California. In some cases, it would eliminate services altogether. Those most impacted? Low-income communities, communities of color, and rural areas.

Underserved communities could see rideshare prices and food and grocery delivery costs double along with wait times. And app-based rideshare and delivery services would be limited to the most populated areas. This creates more than an inconvenience. It means the loss of access to essential goods and transportation, the loss of jobs, and the loss of a life-saving service that helps keep drunk drivers off the road. 

No doubt, this proposition is tangled in a complicated web of issues, many of which are rooted in antiquated labor laws. But Prop 22 is a step in the right direction for a more equitable future.

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