A 2018 study by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that people take about 82 million trips in the city each year on Uber and Lyft combined, and most of those drivers live outside San Francisco.
In light of the report, legislators initially tried to take aim at Uber and Lyft with a gross receipts tax, a tax on company revenue. But after weeks of negotiations, that proposal gave way to what is now Proposition D, which the companies support: a fare tax of 3.25%, with shared rides and rides in zero-emission vehicles receiving a reduced rate of 1.5%. Passengers would pay the tax.
If you want to hear more about Proposition D, here’s an excerpt from Civic’s conversation with Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez about the proposal: