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Uber DC Provides Update on Pooling EffortsAlternative to SafeTrack Helps Communities

Uber DC gave an update Monday on its Pooling Together program, a yearlong initiative launched to offset transportation inconveniences caused by Metro’s massive SafeTrack maintenance overhaul.

The ride-sharing company’s local representatives said the program is responsible for a 25 percent growth in ridership in the Washington metropolitan area.

Uber DC General Manager Tom Hayes said the service now accounts for one-quarter of the company’s entire business in the area.

Since the start of Pooling Together, uberPOOL has saved 2.3 million miles of driving, more than 46,000 gallons of gas and avoided more than 450 tons of carbon dioxide, compared to driving alone, according to the company.

Roughly $10 million has been dedicated to help alleviate congestion and keep options affordable, expansion of uberPOOL to the region and implemented discounts up to 80 percent cheaper than uberX.

Also, the maximum fare for Pool of $5-$7 was set for areas affected by the second phase of Metro’s SafeTrack project.

During August, the POOL Pass program allowed riders to plan ahead and lock in low rates for the entire month for an upfront fee.

By the numbers:

  • During Phase 1 of SafeTrack, requests for uberPOOL increased more than 10 percent during commuting hours within walking distance of stations in Northern Virginia.
  • After announcing $5 and $7 fares, uberPOOL commute requests increased 34 percent within walking distance of Metro stations in Ward 7 and Prince George’s County during Phase 2.
  • Despite a 25 percent increase in demand for rides across the region, the average ETA remained under 4 minutes, ensuring an uninterrupted commute for those who relied on Uber for a ride to work.
  • Twenty-seven percent more people completed their first trip as a driver with Uber during the initial stages of SafeTrack, compared to the preceding two months.

“By expanding the availability of the uberPOOL option and implementing steep discounts of up to 80% less than an uberX ride, the number of shared rides with uberPOOL into the city during morning commute times more than tripled,” Uber said in a statement. “And today, uberPOOL rides account for more than a quarter of all Uber trips in the region.”

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