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Uber announced today that it’s partnering with La Salle University to offer discounted rates and a special app integration for students, and it could be just the first of similar college partnerships in Philly for the ridesharing giant.
Uber said today that from now through March 7, La Salle students (undergrads and graduates) will have access to $1.99 uberPOOL flat fares to and from the Olney SEPTA station along the Broad Street Line. For those keeping track at home, that’s a $1.99 flat fare to go less than a mile.
“La Salle has shown the most enthusiasm so far in working with Uber,” an Uber spokesman said in an email, “and so we were able to quickly form this partnership.”
La Salle spokeswoman Alyssa Porambo said beyond March 7, the partnership will continue to do three things:
- Establish a dedicated pickup and drop-off location at the corner of Penn Boulevard and Chew Avenue.
- Push a custom app integration that makes pickup easier for students.
- Offer students using Uber for the first time a $15 credit for their first ride
While the partnership impacts just La Salle’s 4,000 students, it signals that other universities in Philadelphia could strike similar deals with ridesharing companies similar to how some universities work with public transportation authorities.
An Uber spokesperson said the school is in fact seeking partnerships with other schools, but there are “no other announcements to make at this time.”