Driving Impact in Wards 7 and 8
For many communities, existing transportation options can be inefficient, unaffordable, or inaccessible. Long bus wait times, far away metro stops, a lack of taxis, and the increasing cost of owning a car all contribute to longer commutes and decreased mobility—especially in lower income neighborhoods. This is particularly the case in Wards 7 and 8.
More options are necessary to ensure that every corner of the city has equal access to safe and reliable transportation. Uber is committed to providing that access. Since the DC Council passed ridesharing legislation one year ago, uberX has had a permanent home in the District. As we reflect on this year, we wanted to see just how this new alternative has impacted Wards 7 and 8. So, we took a look at the data over the past 12 months, and here’s what we found…
TRIPS IN WARDS 7 AND 8 HAVE INCREASED
BY 7x IN THE LAST YEAR
Uber has provided safe, reliable rides throughout Wards 7 and 8 ever since uberX launched in late 2013. In the last year, we have seen a much higher rate of trip growth in Wards 7 and 8 relative to the rest of the District.
WAIT TIMES HAVE DECREASED IN WARDS 7 AND 8
And Uber has become an increasingly reliable transportation option in Wards 7 and 8. Wait times have decreased substantially there: from an average of 12 minutes in 2014 to 5 minutes today. Whether rushing to work across town or returning home from a night out, an affordable and convenient ride is just minutes away at the tap of a button.
“uberX has been my lifeline living in Northeast DC! Calling the DC taxi lines has proven both frustrating and nonexistent after dusk. uberX not only gets me from A to B and back to A but does it effectively and cost efficiently. I meet and help nice people doing a great service. I love Uber and would be at a great disadvantage without it.”
–Lateka, Ward 7 resident
The introduction of a new affordable option in Wards 7 and 8 has enabled residents to travel to different parts of the city at a cost that was never available before. In Anacostia, where the median household income in 2013 was below $40,000 a year, this affordability is critical. And with the recent launch of uberPOOL in DC, our most affordable option in the city, we only expect trips in these areas to increase. With uberPOOL,people traveling along the same route can share a ride and take advantage of an even cheaper way to get around.
HOW FAR CAN YOU GO WITH $10 IN WARDS 7 AND 8 WITH UBERX?
CREATING WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR WARDS 7 AND 8 RESIDENTS
Not only has Uber provided a new, reliable way to get around, but residents of Wards 7 and 8 have also turned to Uber for flexible income opportunities. A significant number of driver-partners reside in the eastern part of DC, where the unemployment rates are some of the highest in the city. According to an Urban Institute study, 23% of DC’s 179 neighborhoods are considered economically challenged, with a vast majority of those neighborhoods located east of the Anacostia River.
Many DC driver-partners hail from these neighborhoods, in pursuit of financial freedom and the flexibility to earn an income on their own time. In the last year, Uber partners living in Wards 7 and 8 have brought in over $4 million in gross fares, and we expect that number to grow to nearly $5.5 million in 2016.
“I was looking for a job opportunity where I could be my own boss and have complete control over the hours, times, and days that I chose to work. Driving with Uber gave me that chance. Now, I am able to take my kids back and forth to school, help with homework and dinner, attend parent/teacher conferences and after school activities, and be able to work full-time on my own schedule to provide for my family.”
–DeVon, Ward 8 driver-partner
Uber is proud to be an important and growing part of the Ward 7 and 8 communities. We’re dedicated to improving the communities we serve and look forward to the impact we’ll continue to make in the eastern part of the District and across the city.