Following the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, Uber and Lyft have changed their prices in Las Vegas so people can exit the area without being charged outrageous fees.
The news comes after ride services have been criticized in the past for price gouging following a disaster.
According to a statement, Uber waived all fares “around the affected area” on Sunday night and continued to offer free rides for some shooting associated rides.
“Our hearts ache for everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. We stand ready to support the victims and the Las Vegas community as they recover from this devastating act,” Uber explained in a statement. “Shortly after hearing about the incident, we worked to ensure all rides from around the affected area were free of charge. Additionally, we are providing free rides to and from area hospitals, the family reunification center, and United Blood Services donor centers for those who wish to donate blood.”
Lyft also announced the company had shut down their “Prime Time” surge function in Las Vegas. “We’re heartbroken. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. We suspended Prime Time immediately after we understood what was happening. We also communicated to drivers about the developing situation.”
Also, Lyft announced on Monday the company would be offering free rides of up to $40 with the code “VEGASHOPE” to several blood donation centers, relief centers, and hospitals in Las Vegas. Here’s the full list:
Labor Health & Welfare Clinic: 7135 W Sahara Ave #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117
United Blood Services: 6930 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89117
United Blood Services: 4950 W. Craig Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89310
United Blood Services, Henderson: 601 Whitney Ranch Dr. Bldg. D, Ste 20, Henderson, NV 89014
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center: 3186 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109
University Medical Center: 1800 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Desert Springs Hospital: 2075 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Valley Hospital: 620 Shadow Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89106
UNLV Thomas & Mac Center: 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Family Reunification Center: Metro Headquarters, 400 S. MLK BLVD Building B
This news comes after Uber was criticized for increasing their prices following the June 2017 and September 2016 terror attacks. Eventually, the company issued refunds to all victims who were affected by surge pricing, attempting to send a message that victims should feel good about choosing Uber in times of an emergency. Then in January, both Uber and Lyft were criticized for high prices after travel ban protests at JFK left travelers without an affordable way to get home, even though many of the public’s backlash was focused on Uber with the hashtag campaign #DeleteUber going viral.