Ridesharing walk to pickup

Related: Uber Pool Plus flat rate fare analysis

Ridesharing in Boston and Washington, D.C. suffers from one-way streets and riders who call at the end of a dead-end street rather than walk 50 meters to a main street. Uber and Lyft suggest walking short distances to be picked up under certain conditions described below.

Uber Pool Express

Uber Pool Express requires walk-to-pickup (and walk at dropoff) in specific neighborhoods in Boston.


Even regular non-shared Lyft asks if you’d like to walk to a better pickup spot in Washington, D.C.


Uber Pool

Previously, Uber Pool would suggest better pickup spots, but they were optional.

The Boston Uber Pool mandatory walk to pickup spot neighborhoods are: Back Bay, Fenway and Harvard Square. Other neighborhoods also need this feature, so Uber must have used some demographic/statistical measure to pick on these three neighborhoods first.

In these zones, you will be asked to walk up to 250 meters (16 mile)–roughly like Commonwealth Ave. to Boylston St. in Back Bay, but more commonly like one east-west block in the Back Bay area.