Uber, Lyft Surpassed Taxis in User Ratings, Gaining on Rentals
“Business travelers now prefer ride sharing services to taxis across the U.S.,” reads the report, and goes on to explain that over the past seven quarters, ride sharing has steadily increased as a percentage of overall ground transportation.
Meanwhile the share of the market taken up by taxi and rental cars has declined over the same period. In San Fransisco, ride shares made up 82 percent of hired rides, while 12 percent was rentals and six percent was taxis. And in Boston, ride shares made up 45 percent of the hired car market, while 23 percent were rentals and 32 were taxis. Certify consider these to be “bellwether cities,” and that the similar trends will be observed in other cities around the country.
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And the reason why rental cars are coming out on top? Well when specifically compared to rental car companies, the pricing works out better only getting rides here and there, rather than renting cars for days at a time. That also means you are not having to spend time at the rental counter or even looking for parking spots throughout your trip. There are also all the little things with the rental, like making sure it is returned all gassed up and, well the whole inconvenience of having to drive the darned thing!
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