Uber car service comes to Grand County
Becky Foertsch announced the start of her tenure as a driver for the app-based car service on Tuesday, April 27. Local residents and tourists alike will be able to use the service for a fee during the hours that Foertsch or other drivers will be operational.
Foertsch will not be driving for Uber 24/7 and will instead be available during pre-determined hours that will be posted to the Uber Grand County Facebook page. Check the page regularly for updated schedules. You can find the Uber Facebook page by searching for “Uber Grand County” on Facebook.
Foertsch is still working out a schedule for her driving hours at this time that will be somewhat dependent upon demand. Foertsch said she will plan her schedule around big summer events and other high-traffic days in Grand County.
Foertsch felt it was important to stress the fact that Uber is not a traditional taxi service.
“We are using our own vehicles,” said Foertsch.
To use Uber you must first download the company’s app to your smartphone or tablet. If any Uber drivers are available customers can then book a ride using the app. Customers can book rides with Uber only when drivers are available.
Foertsch said Tuesday afternoon she had planned to provide her first rides Tuesday evening but did not know what her precise schedule would be going forward.
Foertsch moved to Grand County last year with her boyfriend. She is from Pittsburg, Pa., and lives in Grand Lake.
Others in Grand County can sign up as Uber drivers. Drivers must pass a criminal and driving background check as well as a basic physical with a local doctor. They must also posses a valid driver’s license and insurance. Uber has various requirements for private vehicles as well.
Drivers work as contractors for Uber. You can sign up as a driver by going to https://partners.uber.com/signup/denver/.
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