3 months in: How Uber, Lyft impact Anchorage
It's been months since ride-hailing services like Uber began operating again in Anchorage-- and when Lyft made its debut.
Fans of both companies have been keeping drivers like Curtis Magby very busy.
"It seems like they get a lot more requests because they're more well-known," said Magby, as he was driving through downtown.
Magby has been driving for Uber for only a week now and uses the money he makes to help supplement his income from his full-time job.
He says, "I usually pull in anywhere from like $30 to $40, but I'm only out for a few hours a day."
Anyone with a cellphone can hail an Uber or a Lyft through an app and a private car arrives in minutes. Competition for customer fares between ride-hailing companies and local taxi cab companies is a hot topic these days.
Alaska Yellow Cab taxi driver Kevin Rustin says it's getting tougher for all three to coexist here in Anchorage.
"There's just not enough business out here for everybody, unfortunately, and you know some folks made a big investment, you know, playing under the rules that were set up before," said Rustin.
While traditional cabbies mostly wait for their next customer, they're forced to watch drivers from Uber and Lyft pick up customers every few minutes.
Cristina McClain drives for Lyft and spends most of her time in Anchorage.
"I don't have customers in Wasilla, so I have to drive from 40, 45 minutes to come and get customers here in Anchorage."
This is something that bothers Rustin and other established cabbies in the city.
"It's been a significant impact on the established business, not just as an individual driver, but the permit holders and the dispatch companies. They're clearly suffering."
For now, it's just business, as usual, driving people from one place to another.