Logan’s Uber and Lyft costs are sky-high – NBC Boston
If you are looking for a ride home from Logan International Airport, it may cost you more than you expected.
Erin Devost couldn’t believe it. She had just landed at Logan on Sunday night and was just looking for a way home.
“I hopped on my phone to grab an Uber, and I noticed the push was huge,” Devost said.
As Devost got off her flight from Washington, DC, she noticed the line for taxis was very long.
“I just wanted a really quick trip home,” she said.
Devost got home pretty quickly – the cost, however, was outrageous. Devost paid $ 150 for the ride after tip.
“It cost me as much as my round trip flight just to get home in 20 minutes to Quincy,” she said.
Maryna Hoskine waited in that line of taxis for over an hour on Sunday night.
“We checked out Uber as soon as we landed, and it was around $ 100 by then,” she said. “Everyone looked miserable, like, ‘Get me out of here, Logan!'”
In mid-June, Governor Charlie Baker ended the COVID-19 emergency order. As part of that, ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been allowed to start instituting extra pricing again. At the time, Uber said the price hike would encourage drivers to start driving again.
“Sunday evenings at the airport are always busy,” a carpool driver, who declined to give her name for fear of losing her job, told NBC10 Boston. “I asked someone to pay $ 65 for a 10 minute ride.”
The driver estimates that while Hoskine and others lined up on Sunday night, she was cashing in nearly $ 100 an hour by car to and from the airport.
“I’m making a killing, don’t get me wrong, but I wish they didn’t raise the prices so high that people would be miserable and wouldn’t want to take the service because it doesn’t make sense financially, ”she said.
For these travelers, the MBTA schedule makes matters worse, with the last train of the night often leaving before all flights land at Logan.
NBC10 Boston has contacted Uber and Lyft for comment. Lyft did not respond to us, but Uber said it warned something like this could happen in the short term.
“With vaccination rates on the rise, workers and riders in Massachusetts are increasingly using the Uber app to get around,” the company said in a statement. “We are working hard to get more drivers back on the road, including educating all drivers about the lifting of the surcharge ban and increasing driver incomes statewide.”
Devost now says she will need to budget for her return home the next time she travels.
“I should take an earlier flight home, which unfortunately shortens my trip even further, doesn’t it? ” She said. “I wanted to travel during the summer, knowing how the prices are now, I have to add it to my travel budget, an unforeseen expense.”