Fair St. Louis traffic proves problematic for ridesharing services

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ST. LOUIS – Thousands of people came out for the fireworks at Fair St. Louis Tuesday night creating a lot of congestion for drivers as people tried to make their way out of Forest Park after the festivities.

MoDOT closed many of the ramp by Forest Park to help control traffic.  But those closures meant long waits for drivers, especially when the fireworks show wrapped up.

Later in the night, crews stopped letting traffic into the park so people who used ride share had to walk out of the venue and try to track down their driver among the sea of cars stuck in traffic. Many say another issue was finding a safe place to pullover for pick-up but some made the best out of a long wait at Imo's pizza.

"People that we're going to get Uber's came in and ordered some food and waited for their Uber's to get here and again it wasn't horrible for us," explains Angie Leitschuh Imo's Manager.

Some have suggested Fair Saint Louis should have a designated pick up and drop off lot for ride share. Organizers says they're open to suggestions but nothing has been decided yet for next year.

Because there was such a high demand for rides on Tuesday night, there was what Uber calls a surge charge.

If you had any issues with ridesharing services, check out the guide below to learn how to dispute a claim, report a driver, or track down lost items from Uber.

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