June 22, 2017

Local Cab Driver Sees Decrease in Business after Lyft Launch

Rider entering Lyft car
Image Courtesy of Lyft

Maggie Sanchez is going into her second month of Lyft driving in the Rio Grande Valley.

“I love doing it. I enjoy doing this,” she said.

Lyft started in the Valley about two months ago. And currently, Lyft drivers aren’t paying extra to municipalities to do their jobs.

Rio Grande Valley taxi drivers can’t say the same.

“There’s permits that you have to buy yearly. And you have to keep updating yearly,” taxi cab manager Oscar Delgado said.He runs his family’s taxi business in McAllen. However, it could soon turn into a part-time job.“Actually I was on my way to a job interview. Since business has been decreasing, I do feel like it’s responsible to try to branch out a little bit,” Delgado said.He said Lyft caused him to downsize from three cabs to two. He mentioned nearly a quarter of his business is going to Lyft.“I would say that about 20 to 25 percent is not far fetched,” Delgado said.Using Lyft can be pretty simply. People just download the app, make a request and their ride shows up. However, some people have […]

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