Uber announce special ‘free ride’ promotion to Texans

Texas — From expanding ridesharing access across the state, launching Uber Eats in new locations, and through initiatives like Uber Freight and Uber Elevate, Uber harnesses the power and scale of global operations to connect locally with the cities, drivers, and riders that we serve.

“Our Texas team has worked hard to expand access to Uber’s app to the entire state,” said David Brightman, General Manager for Uber in Texas. “Our company’s investment in Texas is just beginning as we continue to grow and innovate in the Lone Star State.” For a deeper look at Uber’s activities in Texas, don’t miss our new video here.

To show our appreciation for Texans, we’re announcing a special promotion*. On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, riders in Texas can redeem one free ride (up to a $10 value) by entering a special code in the app: UBERTX18

We’re also able to provide insights on how our investments, partnerships, and activities in Texas have benefited the state’s economy. In Texas, the take-home amount in gross revenue for driver-partners in 2017 was more than $540 million. This amount represents all money earned by Uber’s driver and delivery partners, net of service fees using the apps.

A recent study by the Economic Development Research Group (EDRG) measured the economic impact of Uber in Texas. EDRG’s study found that Uber is a major economic contributor to our state’s economy:

$746 million in gross state product

The net impact of Uber on state income is $181 million annually.

Across Texas, more than 25% of drivers were unemployed before partnering with Uber.

Altogether, 16.8% of Uber trips in Texas are for business travel.

EDRG also found that about 12.6% of Uber trips in Texas are taken by out-of-town visitors, and 24.5% of visitors report spending more during their trip because Uber enabled them to visit additional locations.

When asked about their most recent trip, 5.2% of respondents said they used the service to connect to a bus or rail line.

14% of Uber trips in Texas were reported to allow riders to visit destinations that they could not access without Uber.

Overall, 89% of drivers also earn income from other sources.