Uber Creeping Into Transit Territory
"Uber has said for years that it’s not here to kill public transportation. But a new uberPool promotion suggests the ride-hailing service may be inching closer to becoming competition for public transit," according to an article by Casey Williams.
Uber announced the promotion earlier this week: an "Uber Commute Card" to members of Gilt City, which is an online coupon system offering high-end fare to residents of New York.
The promotion makes a pretty clear dig at the transit experience, however: "This summer, treat yourself to unlimited uberPOOL trips in Manhattan during commuting hours. Because while sweaty, full-body contact with strangers has its place, it’s not on your way to work."
Statements like send a pretty clear signal about whether transportation network companies will end up complementing or competing with transit.