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Ok - here are my theories as to why ridership has dropped to just a fraction of what it was, just a few weeks ago - at least on the Tampa side of the bay.

School's out ! So the college students are home. Campuses are empty. Yes, that means they have returned HERE as well, but when they're home, they have much more access to their cars - their family cars, or rides with friends.

A lot of Tampa ridership is based on visitors for conventions, seminars, trade shows. Most companies around the country try to schedule those types of events for other times of the year. Why ? because people all over the US have THEIR summer vacations going on ; a seminar or convention would mean too many key people would miss those events. So they hold off until after the kids go back to school.

Tampa is not, in and of itself, a popular SUMMER destination. We have no beaches that are gulf beaches. And the normal weather pattern for much of the summer is rain, late afternoon, heavy thunderstorms, high humidity.

Now, as hotels and restaurants in many areas get slower ( along the beaches, for example ) - those employees like waiters, hotel service people - jump into Uber driving to make up some of their reduced income. As do teachers, school service people, and even college students who are over 21 ( not wanting to be locked in to a set work schedule.) Many more drivers chasing a lot fewer passengers at any point during the daytime. TOO MANY DRIVERS.

People who visit Florida in summer are more likely to go to Orlando with the kiddies ( theme parks ) or down to Miami for the nightlife, or to go out on a cruise ship form the East Coast. Or, they make shorter side trips to see family members : Uncle Ned, Aunt Millie, Grandma, etc.

On the topic of cruise ships, many of our ships go to other ports during the summer. ( Re-positioning.) This year, we have just three ships for summer. Every ship arrival / departure means about 2300 people get on, 2300 people get off. That help restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. During fall through Spring - as many as 7 different ships call Tampa their home port. The re-positioning of ships to other ports means around 8000 to 9000 fewer people moving through the Port of Tampa for cruising, every week.

We are basically between sports seasons. Hockey is over, football is a couple of months away. Baseball is iffy at best, and obviously, over on the OTHER SIDE of the bay. College football starts up in Aug, as well as the Bucs preseason - at least it gets people ( the die-hards ) in the mindset.

All this stuff - ADDS UP !

On the positive side - the economy IS relatively strong - people ARE going out to restaurants and certain events more than ever. That's a PLUS.
 

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Ok - here are my theories as to why ridership has dropped to just a fraction of what it was, just a few weeks ago - at least on the Tampa side of the bay.

School's out ! So the college students are home. Campuses are empty. Yes, that means they have returned HERE as well, but when they're home, they have much more access to their cars - their family cars, or rides with friends.

A lot of Tampa ridership is based on visitors for conventions, seminars, trade shows. Most companies around the country try to schedule those types of events for other times of the year. Why ? because people all over the US have THEIR summer vacations going on ; a seminar or convention would mean too many key people would miss those events. So they hold off until after the kids go back to school.

Tampa is not, in and of itself, a popular SUMMER destination. We have no beaches that are gulf beaches. And the normal weather pattern for much of the summer is rain, late afternoon, heavy thunderstorms, high humidity.

Now, as hotels and restaurants in many areas get slower ( along the beaches, for example ) - those employees like waiters, hotel service people - jump into Uber driving to make up some of their reduced income. As do teachers, school service people, and even college students who are over 21 ( not wanting to be locked in to a set work schedule.) Many more drivers chasing a lot fewer passengers at any point during the daytime. TOO MANY DRIVERS.

People who visit Florida in summer are more likely to go to Orlando with the kiddies ( theme parks ) or down to Miami for the nightlife, or to go out on a cruise ship form the East Coast. Or, they make shorter side trips to see family members : Uncle Ned, Aunt Millie, Grandma, etc.

On the topic of cruise ships, many of our ships go to other ports during the summer. ( Re-positioning.) This year, we have just three ships for summer. Every ship arrival / departure means about 2300 people get on, 2300 people get off. That help restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. During fall through Spring - as many as 7 different ships call Tampa their home port. The re-positioning of ships to other ports means around 8000 to 9000 fewer people moving through the Port of Tampa for cruising, every week.

We are basically between sports seasons. Hockey is over, football is a couple of months away. Baseball is iffy at best, and obviously, over on the OTHER SIDE of the bay. College football starts up in Aug, as well as the Bucs preseason - at least it gets people ( the die-hards ) in the mindset.

All this stuff - ADDS UP !

On the positive side - the economy IS relatively strong - people ARE going out to restaurants and certain events more than ever. That's a PLUS.
Ok - here are my theories as to why ridership has dropped to just a fraction of what it was, just a few weeks ago - at least on the Tampa side of the bay.

School's out ! So the college students are home. Campuses are empty. Yes, that means they have returned HERE as well, but when they're home, they have much more access to their cars - their family cars, or rides with friends.

A lot of Tampa ridership is based on visitors for conventions, seminars, trade shows. Most companies around the country try to schedule those types of events for other times of the year. Why ? because people all over the US have THEIR summer vacations going on ; a seminar or convention would mean too many key people would miss those events. So they hold off until after the kids go back to school.

Tampa is not, in and of itself, a popular SUMMER destination. We have no beaches that are gulf beaches. And the normal weather pattern for much of the summer is rain, late afternoon, heavy thunderstorms, high humidity.

Now, as hotels and restaurants in many areas get slower ( along the beaches, for example ) - those employees like waiters, hotel service people - jump into Uber driving to make up some of their reduced income. As do teachers, school service people, and even college students who are over 21 ( not wanting to be locked in to a set work schedule.) Many more drivers chasing a lot fewer passengers at any point during the daytime. TOO MANY DRIVERS.

People who visit Florida in summer are more likely to go to Orlando with the kiddies ( theme parks ) or down to Miami for the nightlife, or to go out on a cruise ship form the East Coast. Or, they make shorter side trips to see family members : Uncle Ned, Aunt Millie, Grandma, etc.

On the topic of cruise ships, many of our ships go to other ports during the summer. ( Re-positioning.) This year, we have just three ships for summer. Every ship arrival / departure means about 2300 people get on, 2300 people get off. That help restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. During fall through Spring - as many as 7 different ships call Tampa their home port. The re-positioning of ships to other ports means around 8000 to 9000 fewer people moving through the Port of Tampa for cruising, every week.

We are basically between sports seasons. Hockey is over, football is a couple of months away. Baseball is iffy at best, and obviously, over on the OTHER SIDE of the bay. College football starts up in Aug, as well as the Bucs preseason - at least it gets people ( the die-hards ) in the mindset.

All this stuff - ADDS UP !

On the positive side - the economy IS relatively strong - people ARE going out to restaurants and certain events more than ever. That's a PLUS.
Yep, same thing every year.
 

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Sunchaser you nailed it. Unfortunately I'm hearing a lot of complaints about the attitude problem of the 'summer Ubers' who are tossing pax out of cars for no reason and many are just rude or bad drivers. It gives us a bad rap.

I've heard some awful stories the past 2 weeks about drivers I'd NEVER get into a car with. One guy was calling ahead to hold pax hostage for tips then he was cancelling the rides as he pulled up and doing it for cash. He was telling pax that uber's crappy computers were down again so he had to ask for cash rides and cash tips. Takes b---s ....................
 

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. . . . One guy was calling ahead to hold pax hostage for tips then he was cancelling the rides as he pulled up and doing it for cash. He was telling pax that uber's crappy computers were down again so he had to ask for cash rides and cash tips. Takes b---s ....................
If there is a way to identify these culprits, SNITCH on them. Help UBER get them off the APP. They throw unwarranted suspicion upon us hard working honest stiffs.
 

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I’m curious, since the slow down, I average about 1 uber eats trip an hour most days. (Yeah not profitable, I know, and this is set to eats only, which according to the app is 1/4 of all available trips)

So last night I decided to clean my car for a change and reactivate uberx, even put a stupid ****ing sticker in the window. I should have gone up to 2-4 trips per hour, yet I still only got 1 ping per hour, actually less, I ended the night with a double eats order which brought me to 7 trips in 7 hrs.

Needles to say I was disgusted and went home mother-fing uber the whole way. I actually made less then eats only because most of my x trips were short 3.40-ish trips.

I’ve contacted email support and claim everything is fine with my profile, but anytime I’ve ever went 1-2 hours per trip there’s been an error that the hub somehow fixes. Just haven’t had the time to get to one, I am a night driver and live like 1.5 hrs from the nearest one.

Anyways my point is u all have slowed down too, is anyone experiencing my numbers? Or am I suffering from an Uber glitch?
 

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Well, I’m officially done, at least till schools/snowbirds return, there is no other possibility now then I am being limited on slow days so 35%’ers get the rides/deliveries so they(uber) make more money.

Other apps are WAY busier, but they pay worse then uber, ands there is a lot more BS involved. So demand hasn’t diminished, it’s just going to those that pay uber more.

Only time I get decent pings are on busy days like Friday, too busy to force limits on me I suppose.

For this week (Wed, fri, sat/8hrs per) before gas deductions I averaged 6.20/hr. Probably 1.30/hr after gas. ****ing rediculous.
 

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Well, I'm officially done, at least till schools/snowbirds return, there is no other possibility now then I am being limited on slow days so 35%'ers get the rides/deliveries so they(uber) make more money.

Other apps are WAY busier, but they pay worse then uber, ands there is a lot more BS involved. So demand hasn't diminished, it's just going to those that pay uber more.

Only time I get decent pings are on busy days like Friday, too busy to force limits on me I suppose.

For this week (Wed, fri, sat/8hrs per) before gas deductions I averaged 6.20/hr. Probably 1.30/hr after gas. &%[email protected]!*ing rediculous.
I'm totally with you...

In spite of lots of 2.5X surges...

I made it an hour without...

Getting a decent ping...

The RayJay stadium concert...

Really screwed things good...

The airport surged...

And the blasted AI...

Doesn't consider when you are in...

The airport queue...

And keeps throwing pings...

Originating from RayJay...

Unbelievable that a "tech company"...

Can't get something this simple right...8>O

Uber you're starting to look like...

You're being run by a bunch of monkeys...

Butt...

monkeys aren't as cut throat as you are...

I predict now that Uber will eat itself...8>O

Rakos
Head Primate Eye Mouth Vertebrate
 
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