INDIO, California. – As more than 100,000 festivalgoers descended on the valley last weekend for weekend 1 of the Coachella festival, the carpool drivers from all over Southern California came to the city, taking advantage of the opportunity to win some extra money
But with one-hour traffic jams and less profit than expected, some drivers say it was not worth it.
The drivers said they faced massive lines and long waits picking up and leaving in the festival grounds.
"It took forever to get to the super lot," said Mark, Uber driver, who did not want to be identified by the last name. "On average, from 3 to 4 hours … Sunday in the parking lot, I waited 2 hours for a cyclist."
"I've done this for 3 years and this has never been so bad," David Hurst said at the festival site on Friday.
Some drivers reported dangerous driving on the festival grounds.
"People are cutting themselves off," Hurst said. "People are very frustrated."
"There were a couple of car accidents, people were running," said Angel Dominguez. "It's not worth the extra $ 7 to get into a car accident."
But drivers frustrated even more: cutting their earnings that they say Uber took.
"They're making 70 percent of the money and we're doing the job," said Mike Dalton, a Uber driver from Temecula.
"They charge the rider much more and pay us less," said Mark.
On a trip from the festival to Joshua Tree, he only made $ 60 of the $ 106 his rider paid.
And Dominguez said he won only a fifth of what his client paid.
"Do not go out and find a murder," Dalton said. "Do not go looking for thousands and thousands of dollars, it will not happen".
Uber declined to comment for this story.
You can reach Jake in Twitter, Facebook or send an email to email@example.com.