The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01531

Submission Number:
01531
Commenter:
Lois Ho
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I don't drive, and coming from Hong Kong and New York, both cities with so many different types of reliable public transportation and underground subway lines that are readily accessible, I've found it so frustrating to get around in Miami. There are plenty of places in Miami where it's just impossible to hail a cab, and sometimes they never get to your destination on time even when you call one, because they are not held accountable.Buses and trains alike are never on time. One late night after work, I waited over an hour for a bus on Douglas road in the dark, because the 37 bus in coral gables that runs every half hour skipped a bus and never came. I wanted to get a cab instead, but none ever pass through there late at night. I ended up getting home at 11:30 pm. I was constantly stressed out about getting myself home after work, or making it to places on time. With Uber, it has changed everything. I feel so much freedom now, knowing that my ride will always reach me in 2 minutes and will take me home. And Uber can take me to all those places where public transport just don't get to in Miami Aside from my full time job as a project manager, I'm also a part-time model and actor, and because of Uber, I've been able to make it to all my castings and auditions quickly and safely,and still get back to work on time, just knowing Uber will take me there and back at a price that is affordable. Uber has truly filled a sore spot that's very much felt in Miami.