‘The calls just stopped coming’: Uber drivers hit hard by record shutdown

WASHINGTON — Federal workers are some of the hardest hit by the partial government shutdown, but those who depend on their business, including rideshare drivers, are also feeling the impact.

Luke Cho, a student at George Mason University majoring in Russian Studies, is an Uber driver in Fairfax County. Driving for Uber during the evening rush has helped Cho pay the bills.

“Before the shutdown, we were seeing high demand all across the District,” said Cho.

But lately, he’s been feeling the impact of the shutdown. “The riders just started disappearing and the calls just stopped coming,” said Cho.

Instead of making around $100-$120 a night, he’s now making half of that, if he’s lucky.

Cho is now trying to figure out his next move, and said he may have to find a part-time job to help get him through school. “I’m trying to fund my own education, and my money-making…

Original published: 2019-01-12 14:50:51 Read the full Washington News here


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