Central Valley bus system teams with Uber
July 11, 2017
• Pilot program to expand service countywide
• “Everyone at RTD is thrilled to work with our friends at Uber”
San Joaquin Regional Transit District says it is partnering with the ride sharing company Uber to offer residents expanded transportation options.
It's one of a handful of such efforts around the country. Others are underway in Dublin with the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, and Pinellas County (St. Petersburg), Florida, operated by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.
Under the one-year pilot program passengers can save 50 percent, or up to $5.00 per ride, when riding with Uber in San Joaquin County. The pilot program is budgeted for $50,000.
Many people in San Joaquin County need a ride but live outside the area serviced by its buses, RTD officials say. The service area runs generally north-south, bordered approximately by I-5 and Highway 99. That takes in major cities such as Stockton, Lodi and Tracy, but does not include small towns like Linden.
The promotion with Uber will enable people to travel from outside the normal RTD service area to popular destinations in San Joaquin County for less, says RTD Chief Executive Officer Donna DeMartino.
The program is available in San Joaquin County, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. This schedule adds transportation options both earlier and later than most regular RTD service.
“Everyone at RTD is thrilled to work with our friends at Uber to make new transportation options available throughout San Joaquin County,” says Ms. DeMartino.
People who live within RTD’s service area can also save. To qualify for the promotion within the regular RTD service area, they must be going to or be picked up at a participating transit station.
Passengers simply use the Uber app on their smartphone. The promotion will be applied automatically.