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I periodically check the Uber rider app to see how many cars are out in the Salem MA area, usually I see one or none in what used to be a very busy area.

Are you drivers still driving UberX finding steady rides? I would assume there are still people who need Uber, so that some demand would exist. Normally if there were one ride request and no cars, the rate would surge, but I have never seen a surge in months. I assume that is because of the MA emergency, no surge, which I guess translates into to many riders...no rides available.

If this is correct, it would be a good object lesson to make its way into the newspapers.
 

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Hmmm....after the Boston drivers for years complaining about a flood of Rhode Island drivers crossing the border and using our market, maybe now the reverse will occur:

MA drivers flooding the Providence market?

I was aware of Rhode Island still surging when MA shut it off, so this is encouraging for Rhode Island drivers -- and the MA drivers who wish to partake. But I don't know the Providence area in depth in order to feel comfortable, especially at night.
 

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Hmmm....after the Boston drivers for years complaining about a flood of Rhode Island drivers crossing the border and using our market, maybe now the reverse will occur:

MA drivers flooding the Providence market?

I was aware of Rhode Island still surging when MA shut it off, so this is encouraging for Rhode Island drivers -- and the MA drivers who wish to partake. But I don't know the Providence area in depth in order to feel comfortable, especially at night.
Lets go lets go.
 

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Just checking yesterday about dinner time, I turned on both the Uber rider app and the Lyft rider app, and neither showed any cars available in the north-shore Salem MA area.

Out of curiosity, I turned on the Uber driver app, and it said my background check was outstanding, so I responded to that and then it said my account was on hold...

Then I went on-line with the Lyft driver app. Ping...ping...ping - I received and declined three area pings in the ten seconds it took me to go off-line. So that says the riders are still out there in my area, just no cars to service them.
 

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as someone that lives in the area I can tell you there have been several times when uber has no cars. honestly lyft has been cheaper lately so i haven't used uber much
 

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I periodically check the Uber rider app to see how many cars are out in the Salem MA area, usually I see one or none in what used to be a very busy area.

Are you drivers still driving UberX finding steady rides? I would assume there are still people who need Uber, so that some demand would exist. Normally if there were one ride request and no cars, the rate would surge, but I have never seen a surge in months. I assume that is because of the MA emergency, no surge, which I guess translates into to many riders...no rides available.

If this is correct, it would be a good object lesson to make its way into the newspapers.
I drove a couple times last week around Boston and the surrounding areas and it seemed like there's an uptick in requests compared to last month. However since there aren't enough drivers to cover every area, there are a lot of 10-20 min drive requests with Lyft being the worst out of the two plus half of the requests gets cancelled by the rider because the wait is too long for them
 

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I drove a couple times last week around Boston and the surrounding areas and it seemed like there's an uptick in requests compared to last month. However since there aren't enough drivers to cover every area, there are a lot of 10-20 min drive requests with Lyft being the worst out of the two plus half of the requests gets cancelled by the rider because the wait is too long for them
Any surge
 

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So since I started this tread I have periodically checked the Uber rider app for cars available in the Boston northshore area. Sometimes I see perhaps one car, but usually none.

Tonight I see five cars within a few miles, almost what I would see pre-pandemic. So I take the return of drivers as a result of the $600 PAU ending on Sunday.
 

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So since I started this tread I have periodically checked the Uber rider app for cars available in the Boston northshore area. Sometimes I see perhaps one car, but usually none.

Tonight I see five cars within a few miles, almost what I would see pre-pandemic. So I take the return of drivers as a result of the $600 PAU ending on Sunday.
Even so I feel like many drivers will try to hold out until the next relief package has been passed
 

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So since I started this tread I have periodically checked the Uber rider app for cars available in the Boston northshore area. Sometimes I see perhaps one car, but usually none.

Tonight I see five cars within a few miles, almost what I would see pre-pandemic. So I take the return of drivers as a result of the $600 PAU ending on Sunday.
In North Quincy, I usually checked several tines daily, almost every day for months.

At times, no X cars were available, and sometimes no cars at any level.
Usually, waits for X and others have been 13-15 minutes or so. Never better than 8-12 minutes.

Tonight? it's still 15 minutes for X.
 

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Passenger price check last night. No surge, but the price was more than double of a few weeks ago. Also, UberX was about 10% MORE than Comfort.
 
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