Last month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu enacted a set of laws that regulates the ride-sharing industry. The very next day, Uber, a popular, mobile-based app that connects riders in need to cars around the city, launched its uberX and uberXL services. So, how do they work, and what does it mean for New Orleanians and visitors? Learn about uberX below.
How it Works
From a user perspective, uberX works no differently than Uber Black, the company’s initial service offered in New Orleans since last September. You’ll simply request an uberX or uberXL car (the latter can accommodate larger parties) and wait for your vehicle to arrive.
This on-demand transportation service couples an affordable rate with peace of mind. UberX drivers go through a screening process that includes a background check, driving history check, and ongoing quality control. Uber also touts a comprehensive insurance policy designed to protect riders and drivers alike.
Fancy an evening of al fresco dining and jazz music? Uber has outlined the cost of getting from Bacchanal in the Bywater to Preservation Hall in the French Quarter on their app. According to Uber’s website, the ride in an uberX vehicle would cost about $9 under normal conditions (remember that Uber’s prices increase when cars are in high demand). Large parties traveling in an uberXL vehicle would pay about $17.
Perhaps you’ve spent the morning at the New Orleans Museum of Art and are headed to Commander’s Palace for a classic Uptown lunch: uberX has you covered there, too. The trek from City Park to the Garden District will cost $14 in an uberX vehicle and $26 in an uberXL vehicle under normal conditions.
We’re excited about uberX’s potential to offer safe, on-demand transportation for New Orleanians and visitors to the city. And we’re not alone. Uber kicked off the start of uberX in New Orleans with a famous “rider zero” (the first rider to use a new Uber service in a city): Kermit Ruffins. The acclaimed musician rode around in an uberX car, trumpet in hand.
While uberX is a great option for getting around the city, keep in mind that the service can’t pick up from Louis Armstrong International Airport.