Sections

Money walks! Uber offers discounted carpool rides to locals who skip door-to-door service

Cheaper rides: Uber bigwigs recently rolled out a discounted Uber Pool option to customers who book rides in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Kings County Uber users willing to walk a couple blocks to catch their next carpool ride can now save a few bucks on their commutes.

Executives at the ride-hailing company instituted the new policy with the hope of decreasing travel time overall while allowing drivers to pick up more fares, according to a spokeswoman.

“The idea is it makes the trip time shorter,” said Alix Anfang. “The driver is now on a more direct route, they don’t have to go around the block.”

The discount, which debuted on Oct. 25, is available to locals who carpool using the Uber Pool service, and offers an average of 15 percent off those trips if riders walk several blocks to meet their driver, and a few more blocks following drop-off to reach their final destination.

Recent Uber Pool requests made from this newspaper’s Downtown headquarters at MetroTech Center, for instance, offered the discount in exchange for this reporter meeting drivers somewhere within a two-block radius of the office, and quoted fares that saved roughly $6 on a trip to LaGuardia Airport, roughly $4 on a trip to John F. Kennedy Airport, and just more than $3 on a ride to the Third Avenue Costco in Sunset Park.

But customers who book an Uber Pool to pick them up in Brooklyn will still get to choose between a more expensive, door-to-door commute, or a cheaper ride they have to walk to and from when booking any trip, Anfang said.

The choice, however, is not available to Brooklynites looking to share a ride home from most of Manhattan, according to Anfang, who said all Uber Pool passengers that request service below 125th Street in the outer borough now must walk to meet their chauffeurs.

The company — which earlier this year expanded its suite of services for getting around locally by purchasing Brooklyn-based bicycle maker Jump, whose electric-pedal-assist and dockless bikes rolled into outer boroughs this summer as part of a pilot program testing the technology — brought its discounted Uber Pool option to Brooklyn as part of a citywide rollout of the scheme, which requires customers use the latest version of the Uber app in order to access the discounted service.

The new Uber Pool policy is partly a stab at Mayor DeBlasio, Anfang admitted, after Hizzoner in August signed a bill prohibiting the Taxi and Limousine Commission from licensing any more for-hire vehicles on city roads for the next year, as officials study congestion and develop a plan to regulate those licenses going forward.

“Uber won’t leave riders in the outer boroughs stranded, despite Mayor DeBlasio’s attempt to limit Uber, one of the few reliable options for outer-borough riders who have been ignored by yellow taxis and underserved by mass transit,” she said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, October 31, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: