Uber Will Pay Tenants $100 A Month To Go Car-Free
The new partnership with a Bay-Area landlord is a bold step against private car ownership
Uber and San Francisco Bay Area land developer Parkmerced have agreed to give a $100 travel stipend to tenants that do not own a car. This awesome perk stems from non-car owners requiring no parking space and reducing the need for infrastructure to support private car ownership.
According to Parkmerced, this incentive will still be available for car owners as it could make them rethink car ownership. The whole point is allowing people to experience being car-free. Rob Rosania, founder of Maximus Real Estate Partners, the developer of Parkmerced adds:
“The immediate benefits to residents will be to decrease or eliminate the need for private car ownership, facilitate a more efficient commute, reduce transportation costs, and minimize the need for parking. Parkmerced Labs will take this and other groundbreaking partnerships and technology solutions proven at Parkmerced to communities everywhere.”
The Car Free living program currently allows tenants to get $100 credit a month on a single lease. Housemates can split this in increments of 10 and it could be split between Uber and other commute systems in the area such as Clipper. However, they must use at least $30 of this on Uber.
Uber is also adding UberHop routes, Uber’s carpooling system, to Parkmerced locations. It will link the flats and townhouses to points of interest in the area like the mall. A ride on an UberHop will be charged a flat rate of $5 per shared ride.
The page for the program is currently accepting sign-ups, periodic surveys of participants will allow Parkmerced and Uber assess the potential of going car-free in the Bay Area. Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis Dan Sperling notes that this move from private cars is a step forward:
“It is great to see business and public interests aligning so that city dwellers can truly take advantage of a suite of mobility services, weaning people off of personal cars, and allowing cities to rethink parking needs.”
With less traffic on the road, less expensive estate being turned into parking lots, and less fuel being burnt, perks like this for car-less citizens could be a fast-track to a commuting world.