Indy Ride Sharing - What is It
Indy ride sharing, of course, simply means sharing a ride, regardless of whether you are paying for the ride or not. Ride sharing (rideshare), usually refers to specific ride sharing programs such as Uber and Lyft. It may also apply to taxis, shuttle buses, limos and more all across Indiana.
Indy Ride Sharing - A Little History
When I think of someone "sharing a ride" in Indiana, my first thoughts are about the early settlers who traveled West. Many followed the National Road, also known as US40 or Cumberland Road. For well over 100 years, Hoosiers and others have shared the roads to and from Indiana, especially the State Capital, Indianapolis.
In the early days sharing a ride might include a horse and buggy for short distances. Conestoga wagons, forming a "wagon train", often headed West in search of new places to live.
Fun Fact: Centrally located, Indianapolis became known as the "Crossroads of America".
Indy Ride Sharing - Now
When someone mentions Indy ride sharing today, they are probably talking about a ride sharing company, also known as a Transportation Network Company (TNC). Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft currently operate in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Lafayette and other Indiana cities.
Technically, Uber and Lyft drivers can deliver passengers all over Indiana and can try to pick up passengers anywhere in the state. In reality though, rideshare drivers can seldom find a passenger looking for a ride in remote areas.
Passenger who are looking for a ride generally give up because there are no drivers, and vice versa.
I know of one driver who comes from near Richmond, Indiana into the Indianapolis area in order to find passengers requesting a ride.
Some drivers are looking for a little extra income while others are trying to pay all of their bills while driving for Lyft or Uber.
Passengers, on the other hand, are wanting a safe, reliable alternative to buses, trains, taxis and limos. There are a multitude of facets to the "world of rideshare" which we will be discussing at length in future articles.