Sara shares with us on Friday:
“Hey Uber I’d love to know how taking me all the way to DC when Im just going from Alexandria to S.Arlington fit into your “optimal efficiency” and “convenience” claims with UberPool.
PoPville is it just me that gets these crazy routes that make zero sense with UberPool in the DMV area? It’s like they’re completely unaware of traffic patterns in here”
Ed. Note: The early word was that she is definitely not alone. What’s the weirdest route that’s happened to you?
via google maps
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Second Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in the 1200 block of 33rd Street, Northwest.
At approximately 12:02 am, the victim was receiving a ride in the suspect’s rideshare vehicle. During the ride, the suspect engaged in sexual contact without the victim’s permission.
The suspect is described as a White male, and was last seen driving a black SUV vehicle.
Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of these incidents should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of Unified Communications (OUC) and Uber announced the launch of a 911 integration pilot in the District of Columbia, allowing DC Uber passengers to utilize an in-app emergency button that will notify the Office of Unified Communications of an emergency and instantly share their real time location, car make/model, and license plate number with 911 call takers. (more…)
I’ve been seeing these everywhere starting a few weeks ago. So it’s kinda like Car2Go but you can haul many more kegs in them?
From an email:
“Free2Move Carsharing has officially launched today in Washington, DC with hundreds of vehicles now all over the District.”
Like many DC residents, Car2Go is a convenient option for me when it’s too wet to bike, or when my wife is out of town with our car on weekends and I need to get around. But lately, I’m loathe to use it, as I find that the Mercedes Benz cars (which are often the only cars available in my neighborhood) sometimes reek of cigarette smoke and frequently have actual ashes and/or butts in the ashtray. (See picture below taken this very morning.) For some unimaginable reason, these cars, which are of course meant to be shared, have functioning ashtrays and, again for some unimaginable reason, totally lack visible “no smoking” signs. (more…)
hahaha thanks to FellowPetworthian for sending from Takoma:
“When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
Your captions in the comments and winners picked next week.
“Uber drivers making illegal U-Turns causing accidents more & more. DC gov needs to do something about this ASAP.”
Are folks noticing an increase with ridesharing or same as it ever was?
Last night [Sunday] I had a reservation from 5:00-7:00p that I made a month in advance knowing about the metro service interruption and the racist march downtown, having to transport my 5 year old daughter pursuant to a custody agreement requiring my daughter to be dropped off at 6p in Virginia. As the thunderstorm hit, our car was not available (parking lot above Columbia Heights Giant). The ZipCar representative said we could wait for 45-50 minutes or walk a mile in the storm to a car in another location, carrying a car seat, my daughter, and her bag. (more…)
Thanks to Ruth for passing on from Lyft:
“Oppose DC’s Ridesharing Tax
DC’s City Council is considering a 500% increase in taxes on Lyft rides. We need your help to keep Lyft affordable in the District.
Ed. Note: From the Washington Post:
“The proposal, which had first been floated in budget documents released this week, would raise the “gross receipts tax” on Uber, Lyft and Via ride-hailing services from 1 to 6 percent, rather than the 4.75 percent Bowser had proposed. The mayor sought the tax increase as a way to help raise money for the District’s $178 million share of dedicated funding for the Metro rail system.”
If approved, this tax will be one of the highest on Lyft in the country. It will make Lyft less affordable for the many District residents who count on us for reliable transportation – particularly those who live far from transit or need rides when transit doesn’t operate.
We’ve collaborated with DC City Council since arriving in the District in 2013, and we will continue to work with them to make transportation affordable and accessible for all. But they need to hear from passengers like you about this proposed tax. Take a moment to send them a message.”
Ed. Note: I imagine JUMP and UBER gotta be planning something similar.
“Via and Mobike have teamed up to launch the first-ever multi-modal transportation bundle that includes both rideshare and bikeshare in a single subscription.
A 4-week ViaPass will now include free Via rides plus unlimited access to Mobike’s network of dockless bikes for a low upfront fee.
In honor of Earth Day and to celebrate the launch, Via and Mobike are announcing the #MyEarthDayCommute challenge, calling on DC residents to ditch their personal cars and share a Via or share a Mobike for one week to reduce their carbon footprint.
Here’s how it works: (more…)