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October 3, 2016

New Jersey town’s parking solution is free Uber rides

by John_A

The city of Summit, New Jersey has a bit of an infrastructure issue. The NJ Transit Summit Station doesn’t have enough parking for all the people who commute through it. But fear not, the city has a solution: Uber! The city announced on Monday that it is launching a pilot partnership with the ride-hailing company to provide residents with free rides to the station.

Residents will need to have a prepaid parking permit to be eligible for the free ride. Those without permits will still get a hefty discount with $2 flat-rate rides — that’s equivalent to the station parking lot’s $4/day rate. City officials figure that this scheme will free up about 100 parking spaces, eliminate the need to expand the parking lot and save taxpayers around $5 million over the next two decades. The pilot program will start with 100 commuters and run Monday to Friday between 5am and 9pm. Should it prove effective, city officials will look to expand the program to more residents.


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