We’re now in the 16th day of the federal government shutdown. Startups are trying to help furloughed employees in whatever ways they can.
Last week we reported that Washington DC-based 1776 had launched a website to help match employees with job opportunities and volunteer work for startups. Sure everyone needs money, but some furloughed employees have expressed the fact that they are also bored to tears. The site gives them an opportunity to work with something innovative and exciting. It gives the startup access to a potentially high qualified employee base.
Now the San Francisco based car hailing startup Uber has responded to the needs of the furloughed federal workers in the DC area.
Through Friday, Uber is offering their UberX product free for two rides up to $20 each.
While the Uber app is known for it’s black sedan and SUV service, UberX is a taxicab alternative. Rather than sedan service, users of UberX are picked up in midrange vehicles like Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry and similar type vehicles. All of the vehicles seat up to four people.
Uber is introducing the UberX product to the DC market, where their original service is still going very strong. At the same time it allows them to expose the service to the capital’s federal work force of hundreds of thousands which have gone without pay for over two weeks. It is important to note that the promotion is actually open to anyone in the DC area, but those affected by the shutdown will find that the company’s promotion came at the right time.
How does it work?
- Enter promo code DCLOVESuberX in the Uber app.
- Slide the car type selector to ‘uberX’—this promotion does not apply to uberTAXI, UberBLACK, or UberSUV.
- Take up to two free rides before Friday, 10/18, at 11:59PM.
- DCLOVESuberX covers DC area rides up to $20. Trust us—at these rates, $20 will get you far!
Here is a list of participating businesses: