Pros and Cons of Rideshare Companies Like Uber, Lyft

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Peter Brennan

Subject: Uber, Lyft or local taxi cabs that is the question!

The taxi business has been on the downward spiral for years in many communities. When you have little or no competition, mediocraty takes over.

What Uber and Lyft are offering is available for any cab compnay or independent drive.

Uber and Lyft hit the taxi industry's weak spot by providing -- prompt response, clean service, alert drivers and reasonable rates.

The devil is oin the details -- can the new service providers and municipalities agree on what is good for the community/people.
1. Background checks -- to what degree
2. Insurance - personal and equipment
3. Vehicle inspections -- reasonable and timely
4. Community feedback

Don't hancuff the new firms with some of the rules and regs from the cab world. Which, by the way are ineffective.

This is an opportunity to bring communities' transportation forward without a lot of red tape

Uber and Lyft -- don't think you have free ride -- think of the riders and community.

PF Brennan

Jacob Balanoe Yemme

Subject: illegal taxi companies uber and lift.

Yes!!, change is good but it can not operate in vocum. The World is a better place today because every one has the moral duty to conform or respect certain laid down rules and regulations. But Uber and Lift seemingly not in conformity to the rules and regulations of the transportation industry. They claimed to revolutionizing the transportation industry with their own rules and regulations. Uber and Lift should come under a different umbrella and not transportation industry.
This is what really sounded comic to the World and myself.They claimed their background check on their drivers is far surpasses the FBI and CIA not to mention the DPS and the local law enforcement. Why did the girl in Houston got raped by a Uber driver who had criminal records on him.

Drew F

Subject: Looks like their background checks failed

Pertaining to the recent episode in Houston when the driver raped the girl passed out in his car. His record shows he should never be allowed to provide public transportation. If that is what Uber classifies as an extensive background check, passengers beware!!!


Subject: UBER/ LYFT is NOT a taxi!

In my city (not) mentioned, our taxi services are fighting to get them banded out of the state! These drivers have no training, no finger prints or back ground checks with the police department and you do not know who you are riding with! They will up charge a person account just because they are not regulated! On the news across the US, there has already been many, many stories of police having to get involved with incidences with Uber drivers. Some are very serious! We will continue to keep fighting and work to get them out of business. Trust your taxi's in your area! NOT These people.

Eleuther Gnanguenon


I am a cab driver duly licensed in Indianapolis . The issue here is we all agree Uber and Lyft are operating in cities in USA,but they need to be regulated and pay all what we pay as cab drivers or cab companies.They are taxi companies forget about ride sharing or other name they used they slash the business into two and got more money than regular cab companies.So just get regulated since you are there hidden behind"ride sharing" denomination.THAT'S ALL WE SAID .For example I spend for license and inspections fee about 500 $ a year and I expect a Lyft or Uber driver to spend the same before operating . It is just not fair to us cab driver .You want to be a taxi driver fine do not hide behind a private car and do taxi.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.