|Summit, New Jersey|
According to BuzzFeedNews, the move was initiated to avoid building a new parking lot for the station. Parking near Summit’s train station has been called a "nightmare" by many users. Commuters buy parking permits, but are not assigned spaces, and often waste 15 to 20 minutes searching for a spot. Building a new parking lot for commuter users would be a long-term, multimillion-dollar endeavor, so the city's administrator instead decided to subsidize commuters’ Uber rides to the town’s train station. Priced at $2 each way, the rides will cost commuters the same as an all-day parking pass. Not only will this reduce demand for hard-to-come-by parking spaces, it will also create a steady pool of demand for Uber.
Uber was interested and agreed to a six-month pilot program. Over the long run, if the program becomes permanent, it is expected to cost Summit only about $167,000 annually, much less than the $10 million it would cost to build a parking lot, which doesn't even count costs to staff and maintain it.