Mar 28, 2017

Uber's commuter experiment

Seth Wenig / AP

A curiosity of D.C. commuting meets the app age as Uber introduces a new carpooling feature in Northern Virgina. But will riders pay to slug? The Washington Post's Faiz Siddiqui says Uber is betting on it:

  • "Uber will use Northern Virginia as a testing ground for a new carpooling feature, described by the company as 'digital slug lines.' ... [S]luggers [are] a dedicated group of commuters who [line up at commuter lots, and get in strangers' cars] to use HOV lanes to save time and money."
  • "The new Uber service, called Commute, will initially be available in Tysons, Fairfax City and Alexandria, targeting the Interstate 66 and Interstate 395 corridors along with the George Washington Parkway."
  • "Drivers will net $5 to $10 per ride ... Uber is advertising Commute as a lower-cost alternative to uberPool, the app's cheapest option, where riders headed in the same direction split the cost of a trip. An uberPool trip costing $15 to upward of $25 would cost $5 to $10 with Commute."

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Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.