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Uber and Lyft to stay in Louisville; taxi drivers concerned

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you rely on public transportation in Louisville, you really only have two options: the bus or a taxi.

But if you're tech-savvy, you now have the options of Lyft and Uber.

The ridesharing apps launched in Louisville within just 24 hours of each other.

The increasingly popular apps allow users to build a profile and request a ride using their smartphones.

David Becker drives for Uber. He says he's been busy driving around tourists that are in town for Derby.

"Almost everybody has been from out of town. A few of them had lived out of town, got familiar with the service and moved back," said Becker.

He hopes the calls keep coming all year-round.

"We'll just have to see but I honestly feel like Uber is doing everything they can to make it work," said Becker.

But we can't forget about our faithful taxi drivers.

How do they feel about these new ridesharing options?

"During Derby time, anyone can put a piece of cardboard on their car and put taxi or ride or whatever," said Ras Thomas, who drives for Yellow Cab.

He believes anyone who drives people around for profit should have to go through the same inspections as taxi drivers.

"I think they're going through some loopholes. I think they're just like gypsy cabs," said Thomas.

But Becker says Uber did a record check before hiring him -- and they offer coverage.

"They've got an umbrella of additional insurances to cover me and the passengers," said Becker.

Thomas says there is plenty of business Derby week but he's worried about the competition after Derby, now that Lyft and Uber claim they're in Louisville for good.

"I could say they would be competing with us. They could take some of our business and hurt us also. I mean, I can see them being helpful around Derby but in the long term, I think they could possibly hurt us," said Thomas.

Whoever you grab a ride from, just know even though there are plenty of cars available, traffic could still cause a delay.

"If you can, just be patient. We only have so many cabs in the city and if you do get in just a random car, make sure the person is not speeding, or driving dangerously," advised Thomas.

Uber and Lyft both claim to be 20 to 30 percent cheaper than a taxi.

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