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Uber and Lyft: What you need to know

More and more people are using their smart phones to catch a ride. (Photo source: WLOX) More and more people are using their smart phones to catch a ride. (Photo source: WLOX)
Uber and Lyft don't have clearance to operate at airport, or military bases. (WLOX) Uber and Lyft don't have clearance to operate at airport, or military bases. (WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Within the past year, ride sharing apps have become a new option for people needing to get around on the Mississippi Coast.

The mobile technology has revolutionized the way people are getting from point A to point B; unless one of those points is the airport or a military base. Uber and Lyft don't have clearance to operate at the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, or drive on to the Keesler or Seabee base.

Still, more and more people are using their smart phones to catch a ride.

"It's very easy, it's very simple. You just download the app, click on the app, set up your pick up location, set up your destination, and you're off to the races," said Uber and Lyft driver, Lane Carco.

With the introduction of Uber and Lyft into the market, ride sharing has become more accessible than ever.

"It's very easy to do. Whenever you open the app, there's a GPS map there, shows you who's in the area," said user Patricia Campbell.

All of the fares are paid with  bank account linked to the app and no money changes hands. Prices on average are slightly cheaper than traditional taxi cab rates. For many, the real question is about safety. 

"Most of the time it will show you a picture of their vehicle and it will also give you their license plate. So that way, once the driver shows up before you even get in the vehicle you have all the information to verify this is the person that's coming to get me," said driver Wayne Milner.

Drivers are typically looking to make an extra dollar driving people around. Milner, who signed up to drive in December, says the process gave him a look at the security that goes into the ride sharing services.

"I have to consent to a background check. They go through and they check federal level. They check county level for whatever county you live in, so they'll actually see if you have any criminal or any kind of questionable history," said Milner.

Drivers say other features help ensure everyone's safety.

"You can always send somebody you know your route, and they can see what you see on your phone. They can track you, as well," said driver Christopher Heskey.

Drivers on board say that even though access is limited to some areas, the main customer pool still comes from the tourism and entertainment industry on the Coast. 

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