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Surge drives business away

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In my neighborhood, there are many alternatives to Uber and Lyft. There are lots of idle taxis and large airport shuttle buses. All the Uber surge does is drive potential customers to other modes of transportation. I see it every day. My "spot" is near the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali on Maui. I have Uber-x turned off and only do XL. And when there's no surge the customer's fare to our airport is very close to $100. Of that I get about $72. As soon as a surge raises its ugly head I see taxis rolling toward any of the many hotels in Kaanapali. We have several. A Hyatt, a Hyatt time share, a Westin, the Aii, a Marriott time share, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, the Sheraton and the Royal Lahaina all very close to each other. I'm out there driving most days, usually seven days a week and only ONCE have I recieved a ride request during a surge. I've been driving for over a year now. If Uber continues to drive our potential customers to other conveyances I'll need to find something else to do. I also drive for Lyft and quite often I'll get a good hit on a Lyft ride when Uber has a surge going on. I prefer Uber because it pays more and it also allows me to be XL only but I can decline short Lyft non-XLs with no penalty to my 5.0 driver rating.
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As always it's a specific to your area thing.
In my town with no surge its not worth driving.
Last friday I did 25 an hour with surge
This friday I did 15 with no surge

My average per ride dropped from about 8 to about 5 and I got much less tips
Numbers are gross before fuel and wear and tear. Is it worth bothering with @15 an hour when you supply a car and gas?
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