Split, a new car service app, launched this past week in DC promising to offer rides between $2-$8 a pop.
The trick? Split offers carpooling, in direct competition with Uber Pool, which isn’t yet available in the District. By connecting riders on similar routes and putting them into the same car, the service cuts down on costs and passes cheaper rides onto consumers.
Users of the service typically request a ride, walk to a convenient pick-up spot (usually a block or so away, the app makers say) and head to their destination as others are picked up and dropped off along the way.
But Split’s currently only available in a small section of DC, covering mostly central parts of the city and extending into Georgetown and lower Columbia Heights. Its northeastern boundary is 12th Street NE, and the app won’t take passengers further south than Constitution Avenue. The app’s site claims it has plans to expand as more users join.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/split_a_carpool_app_starts_operating_in_dc/9927
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