Short supply of ride-hailing services creates business for Lynchburg taxi driver

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg area has been seeing a short supply of drivers when it comes to ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft. One woman is determined to solve that problem

Social distancing, fewer students in the area, and other ways of making money all contribute to the lack of ride-hailing services. Lately, folks have been going back to the old days of just calling a taxi.

According to recent graduate, Anders Janes, “I tried Lyft and Uber and both of them — couldn’t find any cars for hours.”

Janes’ problem is comparable to what many have been seeing: Picking up the phone to get an Uber or Lyft and finding that there are none available.

“I didn’t really know what to do because as a younger guy, I don’t really know much about the taxi service because I had never really taken a taxi before,” Janes said.

Katina Tune is a Lynchburg taxi driver who tells WFXR News she knew this was coming.

“The calls are coming in left and right and then with me being private, I can take a lot of different customers,” said Tune. “I go out of the area, I go out of town.”

Her business, On The Go Taxi Service, LLC would normally get about 25 customers per day, but as of last April, she began seeing that number climb to the 40s and 50s.

According to Tune, “It’s good for us to be able to provide these services for our community and our city because it’s very well needed.”

She started last August with two vans and two other drivers and says many also like the idea of the same person both picking them up and dropping them off.

“I’ve been taking people back and forth to appointments that they have been missing overtime or they can’t get in until another later time because they’ve missed the appointments due to not having transportation,” Tune said.

She’s made accommodations for travelers from out of town and those who otherwise couldn’t afford to get around.

Tune told WFXR News, “Right now it’s just us and we’ve been doing what we gotta do in our community to give back.”

She shares that she’s looking forward to growing her business with more cars and drivers within the coming months.

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