A New Milestone in Houston
It’s hard to believe that 18 months have passed since uberX first launched in Houston.
During this time, the Uber platform has connected nearly half a million riders to more than 3.5 million safe and reliable rides.
But Uber provides more than just another transportation choice. We are fundamentally changing how both riders and drivers get around the Bayou City.
Improving the Rider Experience
For too long, high prices and long wait times prevented many Houstonians from accessing traditional transportation options. Today, Uber empowers people to freely move about the city in ways they couldn’t before.
Riders love Uber because it is fast and reliable, enabling service to every corner of Houston.
Whether they’re being picked up in Greenspoint, Alief, or the Second Ward, Houstonians can access a reliable ride in fewer than 10 minutes.
Drivers Hold the Keys to Mobility
Uber provides residents from every neighborhood the opportunity to earn more money while setting their own schedules. From outside Beltway 8 to inside 610, The Woodlands to Pearland, and every interstate and highway in between, the Uber platform is creating flexible economic opportunities for drivers throughout the city. The map below shows that Uber driver-partners hail from every ZIP code in the Greater Houston area.
Uber driver-partners play an integral part in making transportation safe and reliable for Houstonians regardless of where they live. Not only do drivers respond to demand in the busiest areas, they also drive in their own communities and pick up riders in underserved neighborhoods. Riders no longer have to wait for extended periods of time for a pickup because driver-partners are often available in their own backyard.
Uber is not just fast and reliable—it’s affordable. Taking uberX is significantly cheaper than a taxi in Houston.
Looking at completed trips from January to June alone, the number of rides beginning in underserved neighborhoods increased significantly in the first half of 2015 (as shown in the graph below). This rapid growth can be attributed to our steadily increasing ability to connect Houstonians with safe rides when and where they need them. Our reputation for reliability results in a large number of repeat users, who in turn refer their friends and family members on a regular basis.
Making a Positive Impact
Just as Houston’s riders and drivers have benefited, so has the entire city: local businesses in remote neighborhoods are newly reachable; the city’s bustling downtown nightlife is more accessible than ever (as is a safe ride home); and, reliable rides are available for many more Houstonians, regardless of where they live, where they’re going, or what they look like.
Thousands of Uber partners, millions of rides, and countless stories later, the journey is just getting started. Thank you Houston for joining us for the ride!
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