Uber Wants Williamsburg Residents to Car Pool by Tommi Edwards

Uber intends to offer an alternative to the L train shutdown via their pilot program Commuting Together  How will it work? “Uber wants to target existing drivers that cross the Williamsburg Bridge to offer other commuters a ride across the bridge. Through their pilot program titled “Commuting Together,” drivers making the trip across the bridge will open their Uber app, enter the destination they’re going to, be able to look up other people also wanting to go in the same direction, and pick them up on the way.”  Unfortunately, the New York City regulations that are in place prevent such a car pooling effort.

New York City’s current policy for professionalized ground transportation would require driver’s who wish to participate in the Commuting Together program to complete 40 hours of in class training, a license from the Taxi & Limousine Commission, special vehicle license plates and commercial insurance.
What are your thoughts on Uber’s program and will the L train shutdown slated for 2019 affect your commute?


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