JENKINTOWN, PA (WTXF) - SEPTA is trying to drum up business in the suburbs with a partnership with Uber. It wants people to use the ride-sharing service to get to a Regional Rail station, and then use SEPTA to get to Center City.
Under the partnership, which will run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Uber rides to and from 11 selected Regional Rail stations will be discounted by 40 percent, with a maximum discount of $10 per ride.
The map highlights those 11 stations in yellow: Glenside, Jenkintown-Wyncote, Elkins Park, Melrose Park, Warminster, Doylestown, Lansdale, Woodbourne, Swarthmore, Wayne and Exton.
SEPTA says those stations are some of its busiest, with high ridership and limited parking. Also, several are key points for airport travel, and others have parking temporarily restricted due to construction.
The goal is to bridge the “first and last mile” gap, which is their term for the distance between someone’s home and a rail station.
This program is also part of an ongoing study SEPTA is conducting on how the growing popularity of ride-sharing services could impact services. It says a recent study by the American Public Transportation Association found ride-sharing complements public transportation, with more than 20 percent of riders already using it to connect to services.
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