The ridesharing giant Uber and Mears Transportation, the region’s largest provider of taxis, are finally working together in Central Florida. You’ll soon be able to hail a cab through your Uber app to help you get to your destination (story HERE).
This is great for Orlando, and a couple of years back it looked like a collaboration that would never occur.
In fact, there was debate on whether Uber should be allowed to legally operate in Orlando at all. The two waged battles in front of the Orlando City Council a few times over the period of several months, debating territories, insurance, and other logistical tie-ups (story HERE).
If you drove an Uber in Orlando, they could tow your car. The company in turn offered to pay it’s drivers towing fees to keep cars on the road.
Now in 2019, there coexisting on the same streets and on the same phone application.
And they need each other. Travelers to Orlando have ridesharing demands that aren’t always met, especially when you’re outside of the tourism district. Waiting long periods of time for a ride? That doesn’t happen in other major markets, many of those cities competitors of Orlando.
It’s also a transportation victory, an arena where the city has also needed a “win”.
Sunrail has always struggled with passengers, and LYNX has suffered through leadership changes, fiscal challenges, and customer complaints. There is also the Ultimate I4 project, which continues to give drivers headaches despite recent improvements (story HERE).
However with Uber and Mears coming together, the region continues to evolve and residents will see the difference.
Here is to a mutually beneficial partnership, for Uber, for Mears, and for Orlando residents.