PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Whether to work, to the doctor’s office or to going out in the casino – there are always trips for a passenger on site.
As the coronavirus pandemic lockdown began, Uber driver Michael Moran said the last thing drivers wanted to do was get into a stranger’s car. Besides, there was nowhere to go.
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But in the past few weeks he has said that things are really starting to get going again.
“It was stable but it has really increased in the last two or three weeks,” said Moran.
He noticed the difference and called it a change in posture in the back seat.
“I don’t know if everyone is willing to do something to make them a little more negligent or if they feel safer because they have the vaccine,” said Moran.
Meghan Schiller from KDKA asked people: Do you feel ready to pull out the app?
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“I have a car where I live and I like to cycle a lot of places instead of taking an Uber or something,” said Jeff Hurst, a college student.
“Every car I’ve got in has a barrier between the back seat and the front seat and provides you with masks and hand sanitizer,” said Rhonda Johnson, a Pittsburgh resident.
Ride-share giant Lyft made headlines this week when the company said it was having its “best week” for rides since the pandemic bans began. In a filing with the SEC, the company said that average daily trips were up four percent compared to January.
Meanwhile, Uber’s CEO called the February numbers “encouraging” at a recent conference, but also said, “It’s too early to say.”
Moran drives his KIA Soul 30 hours a week.
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“I think people just itch, it’s spring fever, let alone spring fever with the possibility that COVID won’t show up that big in their lives,” he said.