UberX Gives 1M Rides in Philadelphia

Ride-sharing service UberX provided its millionth ride in Philadelphia since launching in October, despite safety concerns from the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which considers the service an illegal taxi operation.

Unlike the company’s regulated black car service, which came to the city in May 2012, UberX matches passengers to drivers using their personal cars through an electronic smartphone app.

While the service won a conditional two-year license to operate throughout most parts of the state, the agreement excludes Philadelphia. The PPA considers UberX an unlicensed taxi service and has consistently fined drivers and impounded their vehicles.

But Philly passengers continue to order UberX taxis as the company claims to bring greater economic opportunity and safety throughout the city.

UberX welcomes more than a thousand new drivers each month and drivers have earned more than $9 million in the last six months, according to the company’s report.

The report estimates the service is even expected to ring in more than $50 million by the end of this year.

With most ride requests peaking when DUI fatality rates are at their highest, the company also claims to help promote safe and reliable transportation.

Since Uber’s launch in 2012, DUI arrests in the city have decreased by 11.5% through 2014, according to the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System.

“We’re dedicated to improving the communities we serve and look forward to the impact we’ll continue to make as we march toward the next million trips,” the company’s statement said.

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