It's hard to believe that it wasn't so long ago that ride-sharing services launched. In 2013, Uber debuted its ride-sharing service, allowing riders to use their personal vehicles to ferry passengers.
Rather than hailing or calling a taxi, passengers could now download an app to connect with a regular Joe driver (vetted by the companies) in the area, willing and able to provide a ride.
Better yet? The rides were often cheaper than a taxi.
Of course, the cab companies pushed cities to find ride-share companies unsafe and unregulated, but that wasn't stopping people from using them.
Times have changed. It may be easier to find a ride with the ride-share cars, but prices aren't always lower. Take a taxi from JFK to Manhattan, for example, and it is a flat-rate of $52 with a surcharge of $4.50 during peak hours, not including tip and tolls. A price comparison on Oyster found Uber rates to be as low as $35 but as high as $163, and between $48 and $76 on Lyft.
There has been much news on the safety of ride-share companies, too, with Uber even releasing a safety report in December 2019 that revealed more than 3,000 sexual assaults took place in 2019 — including drivers who were attacked.