Uber partners with Sound Transit, cities to offer discounts on rides to, from light rail stations

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:46am
  • Business
To encourage people to pair rideshare trips with mass transit, Uber has partnered with Sound Transit and the cities of Tukwila and Seatac to offer discounts on rides to and from light rail stations, including Tukwila SeaTac Airport and Angle Lake. DENNIS BOX, Reporter

To encourage people to pair rideshare trips with mass transit, Uber has partnered with Sound Transit and the cities of Tukwila and Seatac to offer discounts on rides to and from light rail stations, including Tukwila SeaTac Airport and Angle Lake. DENNIS BOX, Reporter

In order to encourage area riders to pair rideshare trips with mass transit, Uber has partnered with Sound Transit and the cities of Tukwila and Seatac to offer and promote discounts on rides to and from light rail stations.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, Uber riders traveling to or from eight light rail stations south of downtown Seattle who enter the TRANSIT promo code in their app will receive $3.50 off their UberX or UberPOOL trip.

The pilot is scheduled to run until Jan. 5, 2018, but its duration and scope could change based on reception by riders, according to a media release from Uber. Details about the offer and where it applies are available at uber.com/blog/seattle/a-winning-combination-uber-and-public-transit/.

“We know people throughout the country are reducing their personal vehicle ownership and instead using a mix of public transit, rideshare, biking, walking and other forms of transportation,” Brooke Steger, Uber general manager for the Pacific Northwest said in the release. “This pilot program is designed to encourage even more people to move in that direction.”

According to a study issued last year by the American Public Transportation Association, people who routinely use alternative modes of transportation such as bikeshare, carshare and rideshare save more money and own half as many household cars as people who use public transit alone.

“Uber’s pilot program with Sound Transit provides Link riders from South King County a terrific incentive to connect with transit using their vast network of shared ride providers,” Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff said in the release. “We believe this partnership will be a great test for future integrated service connections as Sound Transit expands light rail to new communities throughout the Puget Sound.”

Eligible light rail stations include Tukwila International Boulevard, SeaTac/Airport Station and Angle Lake.

Seattle boasts a robust public transportation system, but there are still places that lack convenient access to transit stations and bus lines. The goal of this partnership is to help fill those gaps and facilitate the use of public transit, the release said.

“Uber is committed to making a positive impact in our local community by helping make Seattle’s public transportation more accessible and efficient,” Steger said. “Our hope is that this program helps us get riders door-to-door, without having to use their own personal vehicle, even when they’re on a budget.”




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Business

t
Two new murals decorate downtown Kent businesses exterior walls

Colorful art along West Meeker Street and West Harrison Street

t
Saar’s Super Saver Foods opens on Kent’s East Hill

Along 104th Avenue SE across from Home Depot

Dave and Buster's restaurant and entertainment venue looks to hire 130 people to staff its Bellevue venue, set to open in August. Photo courtesy Dave and Busters.
Dave and Buster’s hiring 130 for August opening in Bellevue

Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment venue opens in downtown Bellevue on… Continue reading

State Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, will be one of the speakers at the second annual PNW Economic Equity Summit virtual event on June 23. COURTESY PHOTO, House Democrats
Local chambers of commerce to present PNW Economic Equity Summit

Virtual event at 11 a.m. on June 23 offered by Kent, Renton, Seattle Southside groups

The winning bid hit $28 million for a seat on New Shepard’s first human flight into space by Kent-based Blue Origin. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin
It took $28 million for winning bid on Kent-based Blue Origin’s space flight

Winner’s name to be released later; nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries placed bids for seat

t
State Sen. Keiser disputes that unemployment pay hampers hiring

Says ‘unemployment benefit is not keeping people from work’

Images of dishes from Issaquah’s Umi Cafe posted on the SMORS page. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Ho)
Facebook page promotes minority-owned restaurants across Puget Sound region

Miya Nazzaro used to be a member of Facebook pages that were… Continue reading

Courtesy Photo, Amazon
Amazon hiring in Kent and across the nation

Open roles offer an average starting pay of over $17 per hour

Merle and Marti Reeder. COURTESY PHOTO
Merle Reeder joins Kent’s Team Marti of John L. Scott real estate

Husband to work with wife as operations manager and broker-partner

The Moe Vegan food truck serves meals at the city of Kent’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21, 2020. Sound Publishing file photo
King County fire marshals offer regulatory relief to food trucks

39 fire authorities have reportedly agreed to standardize fire codes and inspections.

(Pxfuel)
Federal Way approves $3 hazard pay raise for grocery store workers

The city ordinance was passed with a 5-2 council vote on May 4.

Courtesy graphic, Hydro
Kent aircraft parts supplier to lay off 46 employees

Kent one of four U.S. locations for Germany-based Hydro Systems USA