As currently implemented (Sept 2016) the Boston Uber Pool campus $2 flat rate is not that interesting in my opinion. Most of the seven $2 Uber Pool flat rate areas are oriented around the close-in campuses.
The Boston University example below is an example of the gerrymandering and strict start/end requirements that severely limit the usefulness of the $2 Uber Pool flat rate. In this example, trips must either:
- start in dark area, end in light area
- start in light area, end in dark area
People might only find the Boston Uber Pool campus $2 flat rate useful if it’s raining or they’re carrying heavy packages.
Alternatives to Uber Pool $2 campus flat rate
- Hubway well serves most of the flat rate areas, even better for many cases than Uber Pool in terms of wait time and pickup/dropoff.
- Walking may well be faster for most trips in these flat rate areas, particularly at rush hour as most trips would be less than a 20 minute walk.