Uber and Boatbound: Forget Trains and Cars, Take the Boat

August 5, 2013

4:26 pm

For only one day, Uber SF has partnered with Boatboud to give people a ride to work in the wake of news regarding a potential BART strike. While the BART walk out was avoided, Uber kept their word to get people to work – not in cars, but in boats.

At 6:15 am, Uber began receiving requests from users to secure a spot on one of the boats. Users who were able to secure a seat received a familiar confirmation message and a dispatched uberX to take them to the docks.

“This probably will not be the fastest way for you to get to the office,” says the Uber team in their blog post. “But if you want to feel the wind in your hair and enjoy free coffee, breakfast, and drinks, all aboard!”

All it takes is $30, no cash necessary, to get from door to dock. Since space is limited on the boats, Uber will be giving a 20 percent off coupon for boat rentals with Boatbound for users who cannot get a spot.

And if you missed your chance to go this morning, fear not because there will be boats running this afternoon as well. Starting at 4 pm, you can send in your request for a spot on any of the boats operating between 5 pm and 7 pm.

The last time that BART workers went on strike, it ended up being a benefit to the ride sharing community across the Bay Area; today, Uber saw a golden opportunity. The boats do go a bit slower than trains or cars, but it is a whole lot more fun than sitting in traffic.

 

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America’s Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He’s the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he’s off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing…or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach.

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