I recently visited my friend in New York City, Manhattan, to be exact, and in true New York fashion, we relied on public transportation or ride sharing applications. One thing that I love about the city is the never ending options you have to get from point A to point B. They are literally one step ahead of everyone else. During my time there, I was introduced to VIA, a flat rate ride sharing app that blew my mind. It is a service app that charges a $5 flat fee to take you anywhere between upper east side and midtown.
I was amazed by the structure of this app and was wondering why we didn’t have that in the west coast. We all know those tedious price surges on Lyft and Uber that leave us paying a ridiculous amount of money for a short ride. Well, there’s some good news for those of us who hate paying those surged prices, Uber will soon be offering a flat rate option to riders.
Come September, we won’t have to worry about the ridiculous surge prices. Instead, you’ll be able to purchase ride packets that will allow X number of rides to be charged at a flat rate. The flat rate is being tested in San Francisco and if calculated correctly you can be saving a lot of money by purchasing the packets and staying within the number of rides you purchased.
How do you feel about buying a flat rate Uber drive? I don’t ride Uber that frequently because I live in a suburb, but if I lived in a city I would definitely take advantage of the flat rate fee. Find out more about this new program here.