Driving Graduation

For Boston, May means baseball season, duck boats lining the Charles, and graduates filling the streets. Home to more than 50 colleges and universities, Boston is also one of the busiest cities in the country during graduation season.

With commencement comes some expected headaches like parking shortages, road closures, and sky-high car rental fees, which can make it hard for students and their families to get around the city. While the first Boston commencent in 1642 probably had its fair share of horse and carriage challenges, this year’s class was able to take advantage of more transportation options to make their graduations smoother than their last final.

Boston’s new graduates were able to take their pick from the T, bus, or Uber to take them places — whether it was the big commencement speech, or that final party with classmates, riders were able to take advantage of an ever broader transportation mix. We were excited to play our biggest ever role in these celebrations!

On a recent weekend (May 17th and 18th), the city hosted five commencements: Boston University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Boston College. During graduation, ridership swelled on those campuses, with year-over-year growth of more than 150 percent at most schools, including a staggering 307 percent increase at Tufts. In fact, during peak hours on May 17th, more than 1 in 6 Uber trips in Boston were related to college graduations.

1 in 6 cars

Increase in graduation trips compared to 2014

Tufts University 307%
Boston University 178%
Boston College 155%
Northeastern University 150%
Suffolk University 146%

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!

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