Uber and and five central Florida cities have agreed to enhance their pilot program by offering inter-city travel. On August 21, 2017 Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland & Sanford launched an inter-city mobility pilot & will pay 20 percent of Uber fares for trips between any of the five cities. This innovative public private partnership (P3) between the cities and Uber changes the mobility conversation and provides a national model for P3 transportation programs.
The cities created an organization called the Municipal Mobility Working Group (MMWG) through an interlocal agreement to bring our regional residents convenient, door-to-door service, self-ordered and boundaryless transportation. The initial phase was focused upon the City of Longwood and its partners creating a relationship with Uber that integrated Uber’s ride-share technology to boost SunRail ridership and address transportation needs. This convenient service eliminated the worry over finding parking at popular venues, allows individuals who can’t drive the ability to get around the City and provides solutions to urgent situations such as car repair, health care, etc. As Mayor Durso shared, "We're really talking about transforming transportation in the region for the next 20 years. Let's face it; Growth is not going to stop and our roads are only going to get more congested. We're trying to make it easier for people to get around our community efficiently and affordably by providing innovative options. Uber is just such an option.”
With the launch of Phase 2 of the pilot, the cities will extend their innovative program to provide travel incentives that suit residents’ lifestyles, while also studying the benefits of inter-city movement.
• Each city will continue to pay 20 percent of Uber fares that end within their respective city limits.
• Cities will pay 25 percent of the cost of rides that begin or end at the SunRail station inside of their city.
• For the pilot extension, each city will also pay 20 percent of Uber fares of a trip that begins in another city and ends in their city.
The unique addition of this pilot allows Maitland residents to check out the nightlife in downtown Lake Mary; for an Altamonte Springs resident who wants to take an Uber to Sanford’s vibrant, historic downtown; for a Longwood resident to shop at the Altamonte Mall.
One of the key takeaways from the first year is that we recognized that people don’t travel in a box’” said Frank Martz, Altamonte Springs City Manager. “Residents travel regionally for work, shopping or dining and think of the five cities as one area rather than separate entities. For the MMWG cities, innovation has become the rule rather than the exception and we think taxpayers expect that from government.”
The pilot project with Uber sparked national and international interest in how local governments can think outside the box to come up with creative solutions to meet the needs of residents. More than 50 North American cities and several international cities have shown interest in the project and want to discuss what aspects of the program they might mirror. The next phase of the Uber pilot will build upon the initial project’s success and allow the MMWG to evaluate different alternatives as they work to meet the demands of residents and build thriving communities.
How to achieve your discounts:
Open your Uber app to request a ride that begins and ends within the city limits of Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, and Sanford.
Scroll to the right through the vehicle options until you find the icon for the city in which you’re traveling toward. Tap that option, request your ride, and enjoy!
The 20% discount (or 25% if you’re headed to or from a SunRail station) will automatically be applied to your trip.
For help with the Uber app, visit www.uber.com/help.