Report: Carpool shortages continue, ride prices skyrocket
Bar owners encourage people to figure out how they get home before they go out for the holiday weekend.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Uber and Lyft rides continue to be in high demand and now consumers are paying more to take a ride.
This is according to a report by Rakuten Intelligence.
The ridesharing industry has taken a hard hit during the pandemic and is still trying to recover.
Bar owners fear this combo may cause the Iowans to make bad decisions this holiday weekend.
“You’re going to get people to make bad decisions,” said Jason Garnett, managing partner of Juniper Moon in Des Moines. “They’re going to go downtown and try to do the right thing and not be able to do it, and then wait an hour and say, ‘Well, I’m just going to drive and take my chance. “Which is pretty scary when you think about it.”
Ever since people started going out after the pandemic, Garnett said it was sometimes almost impossible for people to get home.
“I try to remind people before I close if I hear they are talking about getting an Uber or if I know they have Uber here, I tell them they might want to start this process now because that’s going to take a while, ”Garnett mentioned. “They aren’t easy to get at any time of the day, but especially once you get past 10am, 11am, then 12pm to 2:30 pm, it’s like, good luck.”
Now when people find rides they pay more; about 40% more according to data from Rakuten Intelligence.
“I think a lot of people have turned to other industries or other forms of delivery driving, but it would be nice to get them back,” Garnett said. “So I want to encourage everyone to start driving Ubers again.”
If you are going out, be sure to prepare.
You can schedule Uber and Lyfts through their apps, schedule a taxi to pick you up, or assign a driver to take you home.