The city of Portland, Oregon has one of the lowest taxi rates in the US.
But the city is in a position to have the highest per-mile price in the country, according to a recent survey by Uber, which has been the subject of a wide-ranging investigation by the New York Times.
The city has more than 7,000 taxis, and the survey found that drivers earning up to $40,000 per year earn about $7.50 per mile.
In New York, where Uber has its headquarters, drivers earn about twice that, according a report by The Wall Street Journal.
The higher prices are a big part of the reason why drivers prefer driving taxis, according the New Yorkers survey.
“People are not comfortable with paying the same price as a cab, so they prefer to use taxis,” says John Lydon, a professor of transportation management at the University of Southern California.
“There’s no question that taxis are cheaper than cars, but the price difference is not large.”
Lydons study looked at drivers’ attitudes to the cost of driving taxis.
He found that the biggest concern drivers had was that they would be overcharged by the taxi companies.
“We also asked drivers about their own personal expenses.
It’s easy to say, ‘I pay for my own groceries, I don’t need a taxi,’ ” Lydos study found.
“But when you ask people about their personal expenses, they tend to be more likely to say they pay for them out of pocket.”
Uber is also under scrutiny for allegedly inflating the cost per mile it charges drivers, and its practices have been questioned by regulators.
Uber’s executives have admitted that they inflated the cost by overcharging drivers and making the company’s drivers ineligible for government subsidies, which is illegal.
In September, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick was removed from his role as CEO after allegations surfaced that he had abused his power.
The company has been sued by more than 1,000 drivers who say they were not properly paid.
The Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating Uber’s practices.
But Lydont says that despite these controversies, drivers are happy with their work.
“If you have a car and a paycheck, it’s not going to be a problem,” Lydond said.
“The drivers have a lot of disposable income.
If you’re paying someone a $5,000 a year wage, that’s a lot.
You’re not going broke.
It doesn’t take a lot to make money.”
The Washington Post has also been covering Uber’s drivers’ struggles.