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The Blue & Gray Press | October 24, 2017

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Uber gains popularity, comes to Fredericksburg

Uber gains popularity, comes to Fredericksburg

By MADISON HANLEY

Uber, the transportation network system that allows members to connect with drivers in minutes, was recently permitted to legally operate within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed two bills into law stating the legality of transportation network systems such as Uber and Lyft in the state of Virginia.

According to the Washington Post, under the bills signed by McAuliffe on Feb. 17, transportation network systems wishing to operate in Virginia must pay $100,000 for a license, and all of their drivers must pass extensive background checks, be at least 21 years of age and be insured and registered with the DMV.

One of Uber’s main appeals is the ease of use. Riders wishing to use Uber simply load the mobile app, pick a destination and within minutes a driver will be waiting to provide transport.

Once the driver has arrived, the Uber rider will receive an arrival notification from their mobile device and will be driven to their desired destination. Typically, Uber fares tend to be cheaper than regular taxi companies, which makes Uber a popular alternative.

After the bills were signed by McAuliffe, major areas in Virginia introduced Uber into their community. Recently, Fredericksburg gained its first Uber driver, a man by the name of Arsenio who pledges to give the Uber riders of Fredericksburg a clean, safe and courteous ride, according to Arsenio’s Twitter page.

Fredericksburg residents have met the introduction of Uber with mixed emotions. On one hand, some believe Uber could provide students with a cheaper and more efficient method to getting around Fredericksburg.

Kathy Taylor, a senior sociology major said Uber would be more convenient for students than the existing transportation system in Fredericksburg.

“Navigating around Fredericksburg would be a lot easier. When going out, it would be much more convenient than having to fight for the one cab,” said Taylor. “I know a lot of my friends feel the same way.”

Not only would Uber provide the residents of Fredericksburg with a cheaper and more efficient method of getting around, but according to senior French and religion double major Ruth Bordett, Uber could provide students with a number of flexible part time jobs.

“I think a lot of students would do it since they could make their own schedule, and I would trust that a student would know the area well enough to get around,” said Bordett.

However, while many UMW students are excited about the prospect of a growing Uber community in Fredericksburg, others believe Uber may become a hindrance and a safety concern.

“The fact of the matter is, with Uber, students never know who they are getting into a car with,” said senior international affairs major Hanna Elesky. “It is important that if a student is using Uber that they exercise extreme caution.”

Comments

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I do strive for excellence.

  2. Download the Uber app and use promo code RBDSO for a free ride up to $20. You can follow me on Twitter and instagram @uber_fxbg_va. Or on Facebook “Uber of Fredericksburg, Va”

  3. Neil

    so this means uber is available in Fredericksburg?

  4. Arsenio

    Absolutely Neil! If you’re new to Uber you can use my promo code rbdso for a free ride up to $20. I personally am available Friday and Saturday nights but there is a few more drivers in the area now and the promo code will still work.

  5. I’ve been driving Uber for a while now and live in Fredericksburg, I honestly haven’t gotten many ride requests in this area.

  6. Arsenio

    It’ll get there Eric. Friday and Saturday nights are decent. It’s better in the winter because Uber has guarantees for drivers.

  7. Craig

    Any info on uber eats in the burg?

  8. Arsenio

    None yet Craig. Technically, we are based out of DC. So once that becomes available there it’ll be here.

  9. Kevin

    Arsenio….what is the average cost of going from downtown up to 610 say around 11 pmish? I know that this isn’t a quote and rats change just looking at options since I will be down there for a wedding tomorrow.

  10. Arsenio

    It’s generally between $25-$35. Rates don’t change around here because we don’t have surge (yet). If you would like you can join my Facebook group. “Uber of Fredericksburg.” That way if you have any direct questions you can ask me on there. Thanks 🙂

  11. Scott L

    I’m a new UBER driver, also living in the Fredericksburg area. Ill be available in the evenings and online after 6pm for pick ups.

  12. Ernie

    So how is the Uber business in Fredericksburg these days? I’m thinking about coming to the area to help my mother out for a while, but I’m not sure if I could make a living in that market.

  13. D

    Is there UberEats in Fredericksburg?

  14. Arsenio Mass

    Not yet D, and I’m not sure when it will be available. Feel free to join our group on Facebook “Uber of Fredericksburg.”