Thanks for the memories Calgary! (And see you again soon…)
Over the past five days thousands of Calgarians and visitors have signed up to use Uber in Cowtown and, in the process, raised thousands of dollars for The Calgary Foundation. The Uber Calgary team got great tips on where to find good drinks (National and Craft) and good food (Blue Star Diner and Una), and got visited by some pretty adorable trick-or-treaters.
We wish we could stay. We really do.
But for now, we have to say goodbye.
Antiquated rules in Calgary require sedan services – like those that partner with Uber – to charge you a $78 minimum fare, no matter how short your ride. That’s outrageous. Faster and more reliable transportation shouldn’t be the exclusive privilege of the rich. It should be available to all of Calgary, just like it is in more than 50 other cities in 20 countries, whether you’re late for a meeting or had one too many at The Palomino.
Getting better, faster, and cheaper transportation options in Calgary will require upsetting some longstanding relationships between the incumbent industry and the government.
In Calgary, the government-sanctioned body that advises the Council on matters of taxi and livery is stacked with representatives from the industry; less than a third of its members are from the riding public. This is regulation of the industry, by the industry, and for the industry. Not to mention the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions the taxi industry has pumped into recent elections. Ever wonder why for-hire transportation in Calgary still leaves so very much to be desired, despite cries for reform for years?
But we have faith. Calgary is making a name for itself as a forward-looking city with big ambitions. We’ve been humbled by how many of you have reached out to say that you want Uber to be a part of Calgary’s next chapter.
The Uber Calgary Team
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–
This flu season, we’re delivering free flu-fighting care packages across the country. When you receive a pack, you’ll have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse–for up to 5 people.