Uber Drivers Endure Marathon Commutes To Work In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Many Uber drivers picking up fares in San Francisco drive into the city from far-off communities, with some heading to SF long before dawn.

While the money is better in the city, some question the price some drivers are paying and whether or not it could compromise road safety.

When the road got rough for Oakland native Terri Write, she and her husband decided to change course. That meant leaving the Bay Area for their new home in Stockton.

“Let’s just say life got real for me.  We went through severe financial hardship for about two years,” said Uber driver Write. “My day usually begins, leaving my house in Stockton at about 3:30 a.m.”

And from Stockton’s affordability, she makes the long commute to San Francisco just in time for rush hour.

“I work about 50 hours a week,” said Write.

Write’s schedule sounds something like that of a police officer or an ER surgeon.

“It’s normal for me now, but I’m used to it,” said Write. “It’s not 12 or 14 hours straight. I shower at the gym and I sleep in my car.”

She enjoys the people and pitching ‘Exuberant,’ her ride-sharing memoir. However, she admits she works some very long days.

“I take a break or a nap whenever I want. I think a responsible driver knows when to stop,” explained Write.

But like many others, keeping the family going means making the long commute just to bridge an affordable home and some reliable income.

“I have a family. I have two children and a husband and I plan my schedule around their activities,” said Write. We just own it, make it work for us.”

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  1. Otherwise known as the ‘gig’ economy or the Obama recovery…replacing $25/hr jobs with $12/hr ones. This is Obama’s legacy: a divided country, a vast poor working class who are servants/drivers for the rich limousine liberals and techies of S.F.

  2. Uh yeah Ive heard of Uber drivers that commute from LA on the weekends. Largely they are from elsewhere. Which explains why they never know where they are going.
    There was a time not long ago when people supported and helped enterprise and workers from here. SF has been infested with millennials from elsewhere that couldn’t give a hoot about the people that are of SF. This Mayor and his predecessor
    have made SF a novelty act and exploited a great place in every aspect they could. Mayor Lee and Scott Weener have both told people privately they are making it a city of the rich and the very poor. Completely abandoning the very people that voted them in. SF is no longer the grass roots city thatt cares…it has become a sham of its former self. And for whose sake?

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