Connecting Ohio’s Capital City
There are a lot of reasons to be a fan of Columbus. Whether your love of the city stems from your love of the scarlet and gray, you love the tight-knit communities across the city or the mix of big and small city feel in The Biggest Small Town in America, Columbus has a lot to offer.
And more and more people are expected to come to the Capital City soon. In fact, Central Ohio is the fastest growing region in the state, with projections for population growth of 500,000 and job growth of 300,000 by the year 2050.* Much of that growth is expected to be right here in Columbus. While affordable and diverse transportation options have historically been limited (most notably lacking a major rail system) for current and prospective future residents, Uber has provided the community with access to an easier way to get around their city since arriving in late 2013, connecting them with local businesses in some of Columbus’s eclectic neighborhoods in the process.
We just surpassed 2 million trips across all of Ohio last week, with over 1 million of those occurring in Columbus alone. The platform allows anyone to get from one place to another, whether they’re going to a job interview or bringing back groceries from the supermarket while also providing a flexible economic opportunity for drivers. And many of the those trips have been to or from local small businesses across the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
Many Ohioans are choosing Uber as their best option for accessing reliable and affordable transportation in a matter of minutes.
Accessible transportation options are essential for growing local economies around Columbus
One of the many areas we’re serving local residents is Grandview — where buses are an option for getting around, but wait times can be long and like many other areas of the city, finding available parking is an equally difficult option. In 2015 alone, riders have taken more than 11,000 trips to Grandview.
One of the neighborhood’s great summer attractions is Digfest, where festival goers sampled local beers, liquors and wines last weekend. If someone up in German Village wanted to get to the festival, he or she would have had to walk to the Cbus (which runs every 15 minutes) and take it north to transfer to the 019 bus at Front and Spring for the rest of the ride to Grandview Yard — at least a 30-minute trip. Alternatively, they could have requested an Uber at their own convenience and arrived safely in less than 10 minutes.
“We have a great, attractive little city on the edge of so much; downtown, Arena District, OSU and more, but our parking is very limited. Having this option is helpful to ensure a better experience for those who want to visit our area.”
–Michelle Wilson, Executive Director at Grandview Area Chamber
We’re proud to help support Grandview’s small businesses by offering a reliable transportation option to the front doors of restaurants, bars, shops, and other small businesses in the neighborhood..
By connecting residents of Columbus to different areas of their community, Uber is not only transporting people, but increasing the number of residents small businesses can serve in all areas of Columbus. We’re proud to be moving Columbus and its residents who continue to drive the city’s economic growth.
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.