Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Salt Lake City is pressing forward with Passing Ride Sharing Services

New states, new challenges. Ridesharing services transcend traditional transportation. Taxi and limousine companies want ridesharing services blocked, or at least disrupted. It is not working, because innovation has taken shape and is bending the transportation landscape.

Salt Lake City is set to approve ridesharing services. It is proof that no matter how much opposition there is against a new service, general consensus in favor of such trends are ready to make changes to introduce better improvements.

We can honestly tell you that ridesharing services are awesome. A driver shared that a few nights ago a couple waited a long time for a Super Shuttle. This shuttle never arrived, so the husband canceled the ride. He ordered another Super Shuttle, which never showed up. He was told it would be another hour to get a ride. Finally, the customer received a charge to take the ride and a canceled shuttle appeared at their location.

The wife submitted an Uber ride request. An UberX driver arrived in 15 minutes and took this couple to their home in a distant part of San Francisco for less than $60. The driver provided the client with a charger for their phone, which was completely drained.

This airport was outside of their city, so it would have cost them double the price with a taxi. If they had ordered an UberX earlier, they would be home without having any resentment toward Super Shuttle.

Salt Lake City can have this same success. A select-few clients can submit rides at any time of the day or night and be driven to their destination in nice cars for good prices. It is important to share that ridesharing services are on-demand, adopt accountability standards and represent a small share of the transportation market. We don't believe in the gripes that taxis are losing money.

Many taxi websites are holding discussions on ways to degrade ridesharing services. It is a losing battle for taxi and limousine companies to criticize this new innovation. Salt Lake City probably realizes that people need alternatives. Taxis can still thrive in this competitive transportation market.

There is no need for taxis to be violent toward ridesharing drivers. Instead, the taxi industry should redevelop their service standards to give passengers what they really want. Passengers need reliable rides in clean vehicles. They want safe rides: no speeding, reckless driving and running red lights.

It is irritating for passengers to watch taxis honking at vehicles that can't move and won't take risks to plow through traffic during the busiest times.

Ridesharing drivers are patient, accountable, polite, respectful and safe. Congratulations to Salt Lake City for taking the next step to innovation with ridesharing services.


Happy Ridesharing!