Limited Rideshare Options Means Higher Prices For Those Needing To Get Around

CBS 2's Jim Williams reports if you're planning to take an Uber or Lyft anytime soon, get ready to pay more. The rideshare trips are much more expensive these days.

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- If you're planning to take an Uber or Lyft any time soon, get ready. The ride share trips are much more expensive these days. CBS 2's Jim Williams spent the day digging into why.

- Jay Barksdale was making a familiar trip to Northwestern Hospital.

- I was going to see my hand doctor. Usually, it's 8:00 in the morning.

- Normally, $12 to $16 in an Uber. Jay's receipt for the same trip, two weeks ago, $35.24.

JAY BARKSDALE: I was pretty shocked. I was mildly angered.

- The sticker shock is spreading far and wide. Ride share fares are soaring.

- Everybody is going through the same sort of agonizing thing.

- Shelley Howard showed us this example, two trips to Rush Street from home on Lyft. December 2019, $9. February of this year, $21. Even higher last week, Howard says.

SHELLEY HOWARD: A trip to Rush Street, last week, 45 bucks. I mean, are you nuts? It used to cost 45 bucks to take a car to the airport.

- Why the big jump in fares? The old concept of supply and demand. When demand outpaces supply, costs soar.

- It's getting warmer out. We're all vaccinated, and we want to go out.

- More people leaving home. But as we told you Monday, fewer drivers are available.

- Honestly and truly, fear.

- Drivers, like Jeanette [? Fynn, ?] fearful of COVID and carjackings are sidelined. Uber and Lyft are trying to lure them back to meet the growing demand. DePaul University professor and transportation expert, Joe Schwieterman.

JOE SCHWIETERMAN: They do not directly control the number of drivers. They rely on the drivers to come out on their own initiative, and those drivers have been slow to come back.

- Customers are looking for alternatives.

- You have to have plan A, plan B, and plan C.

- For Jay Barksdale, more trips in his car. Pre-pandemic rideshares were less expensive than taxis. Not now, Shelley Howard says.

- I find cabs to be a much more reasonable option, but don't tell anybody that.

JIM WILLIAMS: A transportation expert tells us, do not expect fares to come down, until more drivers hit the streets. We're live. Jim Williams, CBS 2 News.