Why This City is Offering a 25 Percent Discount on Uber Rides

April 12, 2016

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A report released this week shows that American commuters spend a total of 8 billion hours in traffic jams —that’s 50 hours per person, or the equivalent of one entire work week, according to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard. With congestion at such epic levels, one city has found a unique way of dealing with the situation: subsidized ride sharing. Website Insert Call Me State DOTs copy

The residents of Altamonte Springs, outside Orlando, Florida, are the first in the country to receive an automatic 20 percent subsidy on any Uber journey within city limits. In an effort to further induce locals to use SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter trains, passengers making the infamous “final mile” (between home and a transportation hub) via Uber will receive an additional 5 percent subsidy.

“I look forward to the day when, in the very near future, we can step off SunRail and immediately get into an Uber vehicle to reach our final destination,” Altamonte Springs Mayor Patricia Bates said in announcing the partnership at a press conference last month.

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