Why haven't Uber or Lyft franchises spread to Quincy?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 14, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 14, 2017 9:15 am

I recently had my first Uber ride-share experience in Chicago, and it was so convenient and hassle-free. My question is, why haven't Uber or Lyft franchises spread to Quincy?

Neither Uber nor Lyft is offered in the Quincy area.

The ride-sharing services let users request or schedule a ride through a mobile app. The drivers for each service use their personal vehicles for the fares. Fares are paid through the app.

The closest cities where the services are offered are Peoria, Springfield and St. Louis for Uber, and Champaign for Lyft.

A spokesman for Uber said the company does not have a firm timeline yet on when it might appear in the area.

"Our goal is to be in every zip code in the U.S., so Quincy is definitely on the roadmap," they said.

The ride-sharing companies have seen tremendous growth since they were introduced.

According to a 2016 Los Angels Times report, Uber has more than 400,000 drivers in the U.S. alone and is available in 68 countries, while Lyft has 315,000 drivers in the U.S.

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