Uber and Lyft prices increase by 40% as lockdowns are eased and drivers are scarce

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Uber And lift Fares have risen 40% prior to Memorial Day as people feel more comfortable traveling as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed nationwide.

Compound interest Traveler Is lacking driver And there is a shortage of rental cars for travelers.

“Today, a Uber ride from Midtown to JFK cost as much as a flight from JFK to SFO,” a rideshare customer posted on Twitter.

Prices have skyrocketed for weeks. Another Uber customer claimed that the ride from JFK International Airport to Times Square would cost $ 147.

He said taking a taxi with a tip would cost less than half that amount.

In addition to the high prices, some customers report long car wait times.

USA Today Lyft’s car took 45 minutes from the nearby airport to Boca Raton, and the couple who booked the ride reported that it cost more than twice as much as before the pandemic.

Customer Daniel Dimarino said: USA Today She also experienced long wait times at airports in New York, Orlando, Dallas and Phoenix.

Travel is skyrocketing as more Americans are vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

AAA estimates that more than 37 million Americans will travel on holiday weekends.

As a result, ride-sharing companies are struggling to keep up with demand.

“As vaccines become more widespread and people start moving again, the demand for rides has increased significantly. We are working to meet that demand, including providing incentives for drivers who are busier and more profitable than before the pandemic. A Lyft spokeswoman told the FOX Business Network.

Lyft said in its earnings announcement on May 4 that it is focusing on increasing the number of drivers available for its services in response to the surge in demand.

Uber also suffers from a shortage of drivers.

Spokesperson Becky Katz Davis said. USA Today “Many drivers” quit their jobs during the pandemic, people stayed in the car, and the company was closed.

Uber spokesman Javi Correoso told WPTV that the company is trying to tackle the shortfall by implementing a $ 250 million stimulus package aimed at offering higher wages to drivers. ..

“Drivers who drive an average of 20 hours a week on the Uber platform now earn an average of about $ 31 an hour for drivers who drive an average of 20 hours a week,” Correoso said. “Before the incentive package, that number was close to $ 24 to $ 25.”

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