Uber Promotion Makes Rush Hour Commutes in Manhattan Cheaper Than Taking the Subway This Summer

What to Know

  • The promotion runs through August and the commute cards can be bought starting Tuesday
  • They buy Uber users unlimited pool rides below 125th Street in Manhattan during peak commute hours
  • The deal makes it cheaper to take Uber during those times than to ride the subway

Uber is partnering with online flash sales site Gilt City to offer New York City commuters rides in Manhattan during peak hours at less cost than a trip on the subway. 

The flat-rate commute cards, part of a summer promotion, let users take unlimited uberPOOL riders in Manhattan, below 125th street, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. 

The cards can be bought on Gilt City's website starting Tuesday, and the promotion runs through August. Users can opt for a two-week unlimited card for $49, a four-week card for $79 or an eight-week card for $159. 

By comparison, two weeks of a weekly unlimited MetroCard would cost $62. A monthly subway pass is $116.50 so ... you do the math. 

Currently, uberPOOL trips in the part of Manhattan covered by the promotion cost $5 a week. 

“We are hoping to make commuting in the hot summer just a little bit easier by expanding our $5 uberPOOL flat-rate option to include unlimited uberPOOL rides in Manhattan for the first time ever,” Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber NYC, told AMNY.

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