Students at North Dakota State are mulling the possibility of a partnership with popular ride-sharing app, Uber. The prospective deal could replace an existing taxi and shuttle service operating on campus.
Per a report from The Spectrum, the partnership is being considered by the university’s student senate who, in its latest meeting, discussed a possible future deal with Uber. The resulting program with the ride-sharing app could possibly replace the existing Herd Hauler, a Fargo-Moorhead taxi and shuttle program.
North Dakota State students who used the Herd Hauler service require a special sticker on their student ID to qualify for the benefits of the program. For students, the cost of a Herd Hauler ride is half of the total cab fare, and a max total fare of $6 for any cab rides with a total cost of $12 or more.
The Herd Hauler program operates from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Sunday, and also operates a shuttle service to the local airport during standard hours.
While no official deal has been struck, The Spectrum suggests that the following could be included in a possible agreement:
- The Uber ride share program would operate from 8 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday.
- To qualify for the program, students would need to register their Uber account with their university email.
- In terms of cost, the student senate insists that the first two rides with the program would be free, with every subsequent ride carrying a 15% discount.
A promotional code would also be needed for students to access the program’s discounts, with the service only applying to rides within a designated zone. No parameters have been established for this zone, nor have any other explicit details of the program been laid out.
Results from the student senate meeting indicate a contract with the ride-sharing company has been secured, but no timeline has been set for official plans to be finalized.