Got the viaduct blues? Uber to offer 50 percent discounts to frustrated commuters

Alaskan Way Viaduct (Photo: Erik Stuhaug, Seattle Municipal Collection)

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is one of Seattle’s most important transportation arteries. So, when it closes for a 9-day period beginning this Friday night, it is likely to cause chaos for Seattle commuters (especially those stuck in West Seattle).

But Uber — the private driving service that launched to much fanfare in Seattle two months ago — is looking to help Seattleites avoid the pain (at least for a few days). During the construction project, Uber will offer a 50 percent discount to those riders who input the codes “FUBAR” or “VIADUCT” on their Uber profiles. The promotion runs from Monday October 24th to Thursday October 27th, prime commute times.

“…The viaduct has been such an iconic story in Seattle’s transportation history, right up there with the Monorail and our triangulated streets,” said Uber spokeswoman Michelle Broderick. “And, now that it will be closed for ten days, the city will need transportation alternatives. Our goal is to make getting around Seattle as frictionless as possible.”

Uber is unlike other chauffeur services, since it relies on customers to contact drivers (and watch the progress of their arrival) through iPhone and Android apps. The company works exclusively with private Town Car drivers.

If you’re forced to jump into your car during the 9-day closure, The Washington State Department of Transportation is suggesting these detour routes. Even better, it is encouraging folks to telecommute. So, maybe now is the time to make the big pitch to the boss about working from home.

Previously on GeekWire: Confessions of an Uber driver: An inside look at Seattle’s new private driver service

  • Guest

    Wow! This is an outstanding deal. That code reduces the price of a trip to or from the airport to just $25 — WITH tip. Kudos to Uber for offering such a fantastic rate!

    • http://twitter.com/MichelleBee Michelle Broderick

      It is a great deal! But, it’s only valid in the city of Seattle so airport trips are still just the $50 flat rate. You can read all the details on the blog: http://blog.uber.com/2011/10/19/half-priced-uber-rides-in-seattle-thank-you-viaduct/

      • Guest

        Oh well, it was worth a shot! Half off is still a stellar deal compared to a t*** in Seattle.

      • Guest

        Oh well, it was worth a shot! Half off is still a stellar deal compared to a t*** in Seattle.

    • http://twitter.com/MichelleBee Michelle Broderick

      It is a great deal! But, it’s only valid in the city of Seattle so airport trips are still just the $50 flat rate. You can read all the details on the blog: http://blog.uber.com/2011/10/19/half-priced-uber-rides-in-seattle-thank-you-viaduct/

  • Guest

    Wow! This is an outstanding deal. That code reduces the price of a trip to or from the airport to just $25 — WITH tip. Kudos to Uber for offering such a fantastic rate!

  • http://twitter.com/MichelleBee Michelle Broderick

    Michelle from Uber here! This is a great deal and you can read all about it on our Uber Blog:
    http://blog.uber.com/2011/10/19/half-priced-uber-rides-in-seattle-thank-you-viaduct/

    I did want to point out a few details: 

    1) Be sure to enter the promo code! 
    2) It’s only valid in the city of Seattle so unfortunately airport trips don’t count for the promo. 

    Happy Ubering!

  • http://twitter.com/MichelleBee Michelle Broderick

    Michelle from Uber here! This is a great deal and you can read all about it on our Uber Blog:
    http://blog.uber.com/2011/10/19/half-priced-uber-rides-in-seattle-thank-you-viaduct/

    I did want to point out a few details: 

    1) Be sure to enter the promo code! 
    2) It’s only valid in the city of Seattle so unfortunately airport trips don’t count for the promo. 

    Happy Ubering!

  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak ‘Red’ Russak

    Simply put: THIS IS HUGE! I love what Uber is doing to support the local community and I hope to hear more stories about how the community supports Uber ;) Well done Michelle!

  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak ‘Red’ Russak

    Simply put: THIS IS HUGE! I love what Uber is doing to support the local community and I hope to hear more stories about how the community supports Uber ;) Well done Michelle!

  • guest

    Cool, except we aren’t “stuck” in West Seattle.  We chose to live there. :-P

  • guest

    Cool, except we aren’t “stuck” in West Seattle.  We chose to live there. :-P