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Wednesday’s polar vortex could bring boom or bust for ride-share and taxi drivers | Chicago Tribune

Both the Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services experienced surge-pricing on Monday, which occurs when high demand causes prices to spike.

But Wednesday, many offices will be shuttered and schools will be closed. It remains to be seen whether the streets will be deserted, or whether there will be people hailing rides because they don’t want to hike to public transit stops in sub-zero temperatures.

Lyft driver Khalid Khamis plans to hit the freezing streets in his silver Hyundai Sonata Wednesday.

“The plan is to drive tomorrow if the road is really clear and there’s no ice,” said Khamis, who lives in Orland Park. “If the road is slick, forget it. It’s not worth it.”

Khamis said he picked up a passenger Tuesday who was headed to the office, but decided to head home and work remotely after his train stalled. The passenger said he’d stay home Wednesday too. “There will be a lot of people off tomorrow.” Khamis said, “So I doubt there will be any surge pricing.”

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