Our Top 15 Moments of 2015
This year was a big year for Uber Boston. Thanks to the thousands of driver-partners and hundreds of thousands of riders we were able to introduce new products like uberPOOL and UberACCESS, launch on-demand services that included chowder and flu prevention and create charitable partnerships with organizations from the Greater Boston Food Bank and the American Red Cross, and welcome many new people to the Uber Boston team including former BPD Commissioner Ed Davis. Next year will mark our 5 year anniversary in Boston and while we celebrate this tremendous year, we are excited about the future and how we can keep moving Boston forward.
uberPOOL introduced a new, even more affordable way for Bostonians to Uber. uberPOOL pairs riders with fellow riders headed the same direction for a ride up to 40% cheaper than uberX. It’s already made a big splash in the city with over 1 million POOL trips this year and many more to come in 2016 and beyond!
To celebrate 4 years of Uber in Boston, we took a look back at where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Over the last four years, Massachusetts riders and partners have logged 115 million miles together—that’s almost 500 trips to the moon!
UberHEALTH, an event originally started in Boston in 2014, rolled out to over 35 cities across the US this year providing on demand flu prevention for all. For the second year in a row Bostonians got in on the action with hundreds of wellness packs requested with the option of receiving up to 10 free flu shots with the pack.
Former Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis, joined the Uber Boston team as a senior advisor, while also joining our U.S. Safety Advisory Board as an inaugural member. We are excited to tap into Ed’s expertise and seek his advice as we continue to raise the bar for safety and quality in the transportation industry.
In October, some lucky riders were connected with an UberMENTOR; a group of inspiring Boston leaders, to gain valuable insight into their career, business idea, or life advice. It was incredible to see how many people share the same experiences as they navigate their careers and lives here in Boston.
This past winter was the snowiest on record for the Boston area and the weather certainly made getting around difficult. When Massachusetts declared State of Emergency during Winter Storms Juno and Linus, we capped surge and donated all of Uber’s proceeds on surged trips to the Red Cross, with over $100,000 donated to Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, visited Boston to speak with both riders and drivers alike. Top Uber driver-partners were pleasantly surprised when Kalanick crashed their event and personally thanked them “for making the city better every day”. He also spoke to a crowd of MIT students and faculty, challenging them to tackle even bigger challenges in innovation, like teleportation.
To thank our driver-partners for all of their hard work in getting riders from point A to point B, we held a sweepstakes. Many prizes were awarded but the grand prize was a new car—a 2016 Hyundai Elantra!
Bostonians warmed up this past winter with a cup of hot New England clam chowder on demand sponsored by Legal Sea Foods. In addition, $1 was donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank for every UberCHOWDER bowl purchased.
In September, we announced the pilot launch of uberACCESS in Boston. The service provides anyone in need of a wheelchair accessible taxi a ride at the tap of a button. This pilot program is just the beginning—we are continuing to innovate to further increase mobility for everyone in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts coverage map got a little bit bigger this summer! In June, Uber increased coverage on the North Shore to include the majority of Essex County as well as launching in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket!
We were overwhelmed by your support this year! Thanks to the over 40,000 of you who signed the petition to ask legislators to save Uber in Massachusetts and huge shoutout to the hundreds of driver-partners and riders who came out to the State House in September to show your support.
In April, we joined forces with Reserve to launch the first-ever Reserve Week. Over 40 of Boston’s best restaurants created exclusive menus—from prix fixe to secret dishes to whiskey flights—for a week of foodie bliss. With every meal you enjoyed, Reserve donated to charities on your behalf, making for a truly feel-good week.
This St. Patrick’s Day, you can request the Bagpipes option in-app to get a free, live performance at your doorstep. Treat yourself or share the luck and surprise a friend with pipers at their doorstep. —just make sure they’re available. Enter code BAGPIPES in the app to unlock the Bagpipes option between noon and 4pm […]