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USC offering up free Uber rides for its student?

Western Warrior

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Lately I've been getting pings for the USC campus from 10 min out. I'm hearing that USC has an agreement with Uber to offer free rides on campus grounds. Because the campus is near the hood, we've been assigned the duty to safely escort their precious students across campus. Free rides means oversupply of demand thus the 10 min pings. No thanks!! I'm staying well clear of USC. Let the administration there assemble their own fleet of escorts (I'm talking hire drivers, buy & maintain cars etc) and see just how much more expensive that would be than to use Uber drivers at the shit rates they're paying us.
 

LA#1x3

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Western come on bro u let the cat out the hat, now the new drivers know to stay away from usc. It's kind of good thing cuz slot of students order rides and it makes dt surge a lot. I stay well clear or USC campus for same reasons, the students have bikes as u probably have seen, it's just for 4$ why ride bike and maybe get hit by a car when u can pay 4$ for a car ride. I don't know who's smart idea that was but I bet itll back fire. Uber on
 

soonsoon

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Lately I've been getting pings for the USC campus from 10 min out. I'm hearing that USC has an agreement with Uber to offer free rides on campus grounds. Because the campus is near the hood, we've been assigned the duty to safely escort their precious students across campus. Free rides means oversupply of demand thus the 10 min pings. No thanks!! I'm staying well clear of USC. Let the administration there assemble their own fleet of escorts (I'm talking hire drivers, buy & maintain cars etc) and see just how much more expensive that would be than to use Uber drivers at the shit rates they're paying us.

Been like this since last year. Its short rides but sometimes you catch a long one. I hate that area too but one thing for sure..It drives up the surge in that sector.
 

LA#1x3

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Been like this since last year. Its short rides but sometimes you catch a long one. I hate that area too but one thing for sure..It drives up the surge in that sector.
It's been like that ya USC area usually short rides but what his talking about is new. USC and uber set up some sort of new deal. I think some students can use that option if they traving less then 5 miles
 

Western Warrior

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Been like this since last year. Its short rides but sometimes you catch a long one. I hate that area too but one thing for sure..It drives up the surge in that sector.
Last yr I'd get a bunch of Hollywood. This yr all mine have been cross campus. 1.5 not enough to justify accepting short rides so I've given up on USC.
 

soonsoon

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It's been like that ya USC area usually short rides but what his talking about is new. USC and uber set up some sort of new deal. I think some students can use that option if they traving less then 5 miles
Yeah the deal with USC and Uber. It started like in Jan. or Feb.(sorry not last year)

USC students have a special USC icon to request Uber.
 

soonsoon

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Last yr I'd get a bunch of Hollywood. This yr all mine have been cross campus. 1.5 not enough to justify accepting short rides so I've given up on USC.

I haven't really been there enough since school started but last year or I should say Jan. I was working nights and I too had many trips to Hollywood.
 

LA#1x3

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Yeah the deal with USC and Uber. It started like in Jan. or Feb.(sorry not last year)

USC students have a special USC icon to request Uber.
Yes ur very right SoonSoon that dame USC sign that u see in the middle of the screen when u press the clipboard icon on the right top corner indicates stay the hell awAy from this trip unless u don't mind doing trips less then 5 miles. Hey for those new drivers I encourage u guys to accept those pings so u can get exp under ur belts just like we all did. Ull never learn unless u practice.
 

afrojoe824

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I don't take any USC calls or UCLA make no money on those calls !!
Actually, I like going to UCLA. Well, during the week in the afternoon that is. I get off at 1 at work so taking the 101 down to the 405 to head home. Exit sunset and wait for a UCLA student. one always takes me to Santa Monica and I'll be driving from 2-8pm. On a slow day, I'll rake in $100 and a good night $160 and that's during the week. Just avoid the colleges when thurs-sat nights. You'll just be driving those students to house parties.
 

afrojoe824

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This gets me mad. on the site, it explains that uberpool allows you to bring 1 person along. I picked up a USC student and tells me there's 3 of them in the car. I told him only 2 per pool. He then says the app says 3. I said nope. I swear these college kids think they're entitled to things.
 

DeeFree

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Lately I've been getting pings for the USC campus from 10 min out. I'm hearing that USC has an agreement with Uber to offer free rides on campus grounds. Because the campus is near the hood, we've been assigned the duty to safely escort their precious students across campus. Free rides means oversupply of demand thus the 10 min pings. No thanks!! I'm staying well clear of USC. Let the administration there assemble their own fleet of escorts (I'm talking hire drivers, buy & maintain cars etc) and see just how much more expensive that would be than to use Uber drivers at the shit rates they're paying us.
Wow, I have an interesting story about that. I picked up a student from USC and she was telling me how much she likes Lyft the best and that "even though USC has a contract with Uber for free rides" she still chooses Lyft and is willing to pay the higher fare. I was shocked about the contract and wanted to know more but she didn't know anymore than this was the 2nd year that the contract was in effect.

The very next pax I got was an USC transportation manager who told me that the contract was for $1.8 million dollars and that the rides were only for students who lived on campus and would only consist of a 2-mile radius between 7pm and 2am. I thought how great Uber and how lame Lyft is in marketing and promoting.

Since I don't drive for Uber I don't have to worry about getting requests for these tiny rides so I still pick up USC students who are going to to West Hollywood or Santa Monica paying $16 to $21 (usually during primetime).
 

afrojoe824

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Wow, I have an interesting story about that. I picked up a student from USC and she was telling me how much she likes Lyft the best and that "even though USC has a contract with Uber for free rides" she still chooses Lyft and is willing to pay the higher fare. I was shocked about the contract and wanted to know more but she didn't know anymore than this was the 2nd year that the contract was in effect.

The very next pax I got was an USC transportation manager who told me that the contract was for $1.8 million dollars and that the rides were only for students who lived on campus and would only consist of a 2-mile radius between 7pm and 2am. I thought how great Uber and how lame Lyft is in marketing and promoting.

Since I don't drive for Uber I don't have to worry about getting requests for these tiny rides so I still pick up USC students who are going to to West Hollywood or Santa Monica paying $16 to $21 (usually during primetime).

Same here, I live by USC and when I'm ready to start driving, I start with LYFT. Only time I turn uber on is when I want to increase my acceptance rate. Figured, do 5 of those and i'll be good.
 

iheartuber

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It's actually not that bad. If you happen to be very close and there is 1.5x surging or more you can easily do 6 or more rides in an hour at about $4 net per ride (with surge) giving you a decent $24 per hour wage.

But if I'm farther than 5 min away and there is no surge? Sorry USC
 

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