About 1:15 a.m. on a chilly September night time, Mike Pascarella was launched from a hospital in Greeley and wanted a journey residence.
He known as a cab firm that didn’t have drivers based mostly in Greeley. He anticipated a wait, but it surely was his solely choice because the closure of Greeley-based Thriller Rides and Good Rides earlier this yr.
Nobody was obtainable, so he continued to name each 20 or 30 minutes hoping a driver would turn into obtainable. It wasn’t till 7 a.m. that Pascarella received a carry.
“I’m a senior citizen with disabilities. I’m a vet, and I don’t must be handled like this,” he stated. “They don’t have anyone in Greeley to assist folks out who want it.”
Pascarella stated it wasn’t the primary time he was left ready for hours within the chilly. Two earlier instances, he was lucky sufficient to search out folks prepared to take him residence. Greeley bar house owners have reported comparable points with taxi providers based mostly outdoors of Greeley. Typically drivers took an hour and a half earlier than they may decide up a drunk patron, and typically they by no means confirmed up in any respect.
Amongst enterprise vacationers, Uber has come to take up 74 p.c of the ride-hailing market, based on a second quarter of 2018 report by Certify, a web-based journey and expense administration firm. Lyft meets about 19 p.c of the market, whereas conventional taxi providers — which have continued to lower over latest years — take up solely 7 p.c of the market.