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Special from WFTV -

 

Four Seminole County cities, as well as, Maitland, are welcoming Uber with open arms and encouraging residents to use the ride-sharing company. July 1 marks the beginning of a year-long pilot program.

 

“With the disappointments we've all had over the last several years with Lynx and DOT, this is a challenge for us, but it will succeed,” said Mayor of Maitland Dale McDonald.

 

City leaders announced the partnership Friday, saying that riders get a discount for using the service. Seminole County cities are leveraging the partnership to get riders onto SunRail. The idea kicked off in March when Altamonte Springs became the first city to partner with the ride-sharing company.

 

Since then, Mayor Pat Bates said it's taken off beyond what city leaders could have imagined. “We've increased ridership tenfold since March. So we're probably ahead of where we thought we would be,” said Bates. Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland and Sanford city leaders have joined in the effort, which is called Cities Driving Innovation.

 

“Uber is excited to be a part of these innovative public-private partnerships, helping extend the reach of the existing public transportation infrastructure and offering the residents of Central Florida additional transportation options,” said Christine Mitchell, General Manager of Uber Orlando. Starting Friday, riders will receive 20 percent discounts on Uber rides within their respective city limits, and riders will get 25 percent off trips that begin or end at a SunRail station.

 

“We had over $1 million for Flexbus, and when that failed, we had the money in our account,” Bates said. On the Uber app, customers can use the city name for the promo code and slide the icon on the bottom to the city option to have the city pick up part of your tab. “It is the first in the world of its kind, and we are leading the world today in innovative transportation solutions,” said Longwood Mayor Joe Durso.

 

Numbers from the Florida Department of Transportation show a decrease in SunRail ridership in Altamonte Springs. It's down from 5,700 in March to 4,900 in May. But the five city leaders hope the Uber partnership drives those numbers up...MORE HERE.

 

 

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