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Uber, Lyft, and Split are almost sure to profit from Wednesday’s Metrorail closure, but the companies say they’re each handling the “unprecedented” situation differently. No matter which service riders choose to take, however, wait times are probably going to be longer than normal with travel slowed by major traffic.
Uber says surge pricing “will likely be in effect due to increased demand” but capped at an unspecified level, as was the case during January’s blizzard. The company encourages riders to use UberPOOL if they want to see lower fares. New users can enter the code “METRODC to get up to $25 towards a first ride.”
“We are extending UberPOOL to the entire metropolitan area during the closures to maximize every car on the road while also keeping prices down for riders,” an Uber spokesperson says. ” Passengers using UberX to travel with neighbors or co-workers can use the Fare Split option to share the cost of their trip.”
A Lyft spokesperson says the company is “actively reaching out to the entire D.C. driver community to let them know that we expect very high demand during the commuting hours and throughout the daytime.” It’s encouraging passengers to use Lyft Line to help reduce traffic and “save up to 40 percent on their ride.” Also, new users can enter the code “METROHELP for $20 off their first ride.” (#METROHELP, anyone?)
The D.C.-based rideshare company says it’s “aiming to increase supply by at least 50 percent over its average weekday supply” to accommodate riders. It notes that it doesn’t have “surge” pricing and features “dynamic routing technology” that adjusts pickup/drop-off points and routes to “real-time traffic patterns.” “New users can sign-up with code GETGOING for free ride credits,” Split says.
Photo from Flickr user Adam Fagen