SEPTA, Uber team to ease suburban parking crunch

This summer SEPTA’s testing whether partnering with Uber can boost ridership and mitigate a parking crunch at some of its busiest stations. Riders taking Uber to or from 11 Regional Rail stations in the four counties surrounding Philadelphia will get 40 percent off the cost of their Uber ride. The discount can be no more than $10 per trip. The discount, a pilot program for what could become a permanent arrangement, will be in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day and will give SEPTA insight into how ride sharing could affect ridership.

“We will be studying it this summer,” said Erik Johanson, director of Business Innovation. “People are already doing this so we know there’s a market for it.”