Summit, a New Jersey-based city near New York that has been battling with its overcrowding parking lots problem has come up with an unexpected solution: let’s use Uber!
As the city is situated close to New York, quite a number of its population goes to work, by commute, to the Big Apple. With the increasing number of commuting residents, the city has to deal with the ever increasing problem caused by the parking spaces near the train station, which have become overcrowded and insufficient.
As the idea of building a new train station parking lot has been quite shot down due to the millions worth of expenditures, the city has come up with an unprecedented solution. It has decided to launch a beta program, set to take place between October 3rd, 2016 and March 31, 2017 and set to a limited number of 100 residents that will use an Uber car instead of their usual means of transportation towards the train station.
The program would be beneficial to both the clients and Uber. The residents that already hold a prepaid permit would get free rides, while those without one would pay a $2 cost per ride, amounting to the usual $4 cost entailed by a daily parking tax. Uber would also receive any difference in the cost of the rides from the Summit City Administration.
Whilst ridesharing is a well-known and widespread means of transportation, the idea of riding in an Uber in order to free parking spots and deal with the overcrowded lots would be quite a new one. Since it appeared, Uber has been widely contested as officials in different cities and states treat the car-services differently. Some consider Uber to benefit from too lax rules, as is the case in some Texas and Florida-based cities and would like to impose new rules on the car-service company. Others, like Summit, see Uber as a new method of transportation and fully embrace the modern idea of a car ride at a button’s push away.
The 100 space cleared by the selected car owners and the up to $5 million saved by not building a new parking lot seem to be the best solution the Summit officials can offer its residents, with benefits for all the participating members and, perhaps, even a new opening towards innovative transportation means.
What do the readers think about Summit City’s idea, will it be a bust or will it bloom into a national solution for overcrowded parking lots?
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