SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Uber and Lyft drivers can now park on airport property to attend to get a ping for his or her passengers.
“It’s better, definitely better,” stated one driver.
That’s as a result of their previous parking zone was literally a dump.
“It was terrible. I mean, you had to park across the side of the road, that was it,” stated Steven Girard, who drives for Lyft.
Unlike taxi cabs, who’ve an settlement with the airport, Uber and Lyft drivers weren’t allowed on airport property and drivers had restricted choices.
“We had to be off the property to get in the queue in [and]the queue was very limited, so we had to either park on frontage road or in the frontage road on the other side,” stated Nicky Deam whereas ready to select up a passenger.
We had a firsthand take a look at the piled up trash alongside Interstate 80 with no trash cans obtainable and the shortage of loos.
“They didn’t have anywhere to go, and if you left the area you would get kicked out of the queue, so you kind of had to make a choice: bush or leave the area,” stated Gerald Bermudez, who drives with Uber.
After weeks of negotiations, airport officers opened up the lot to app-based mostly drivers simply across the nook from decide-up.
“Much better. They have restrooms, garbage cans, organized. It’s really good,” Deam stated.
While the brand new area is nice, some airport patrons really feel the Uber and Lyft drivers are encroaching on their area.
“I think they ought to act like a taxi and hang somewhere else,” stated one man whereas ready to select up his spouse.
Plus, the posh a WC isn’t low cost.
Who’s paying for the potty?
For now, the airport is footing the invoice and choosing up the trash.
This is just a short lived answer. Airport officers are working with the app-based mostly corporations to share the prices.
The app drivers ought to comply with the free airport signage after which comply with the arrows to the again of the lot to attend for passengers.