Washington DC is one of the busiest cities in the country during graduation season. The celebratory atmosphere of commencement season brings some expected headaches like traffic jams, parking shortages, and road closures. In recent years, however, local grads and families alike have taken advantage of an increase in transportation options.
In May, the city hosted five major commencements: American University, Gallaudet University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University. With everything from trips to the Senior Ball at Georgetown to ceremonies on the mall, trip growth skyrocketed!
Year-over-year, the number of trips grew more than 100% at most schools, including a staggering 250% increase at Gallaudet.
Fun Fact: GWU overtook Georgetown between last year and this year for the greatest number of trips and greatest number of first time riders!
Increase in graduation trips compared to 2014
|George Washington University||110%|
We’re proud of this progress and excited to continue providing safe, reliable rides for students during graduation and throughout the year. Congratulations again to the class of 2015 and their families!
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–
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