FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Many Fort Wayne residents are waiting for 30-50 minutes to get a ride share service if they’re lucky to get one at all.
“I think a lot of the Ubers get taken up around that time so that’s why it seems to be a little more difficult to find an Uber,” Uber Driver Dalton Moore said.
Moore is referring to the hours of midnight to 3 in the morning.
“Everybody seems to be doing it at all at the same time,” he said.
The 21-year-old started Uber driving as a way to make extra cash.
“I will try to Uber around that time because I know people are getting out of the bars at that time and when people do try to find Ubers and they can’t...you just kinda wait around,” Moore said.
And that waiting, in worst cases, can be an hour or more.
“On Friday night I picked up a couple from Michigan who said they waited two hours for an Uber ride and kept canceling because they wouldn’t pick them up. So then they requested Lyft and I happened to be on the Lyft app at the time,” Jeff Davis said.
Davis started driving both Uber and Lyft after he retired in 2016.
“Fort Wayne’s a fairly small market, but they’re not investing any money in the drivers. So, they have a constant turnover of drivers,” he said.
Davis says the reason folks are finding it difficult to find a ride, is simply because there aren’t enough drivers.
Kayla Whaling with Uber Media Relations says that’s true.
"In 2021, there are more riders requesting trips than there are drivers available to give them," Whaling said in an email.
Davis says that’s dangerous.
“People need drivers at night after they’ve been out partying, out drinking or whatever, that’s when they need drivers most.”
Uber says the top two main concerns for drivers considering returning to the platform are COVID-19 safety and the level of earnings.
Last month, the rideshare platform launched a $250 million driver stimulus package that will give higher incentives to new drivers.