Saving on the Transportation fees in Bay Area (Each ride is under $5 in 17 miles)

California has state tax of 6%, and allows local government to collect tax up to 3.5%. In Bay area, the sales tax is around 9.5%. If you just moved here and started working, it’s hard to afford buy or lease a car. Here are recent two apps I use for carpooling. 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Carpooling

Advantages 

  1. Money-saving: you will save car lease, gasoline fees, car insurance fees, etc
  2. Safety: If you just get the driver license, it will be risky to drive in the highway.
  3. Explore the network: every uber/ Carpool drivers have more stories, it will break your comfort zones.
  4. Net-working: Most of Scoop drivers work nearby you. You might end up making good friends!
  5. Time saving: Carpool lanes can save you tons of time
  6. Preventing the global warming

Disadvantages

  1. Sitting with strangers (Driver/ riders)
  2. Still more expensive than buying a cheap car (if commute distance is long)
  3. Your safety is in the hand of other person.

The introduction of carpooling app

Uber 28 days pass

  1. Covered Area: SF city and great bay area.
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Uber pass covered area

2. Flat fare package: Fixed price. But if you’re riding with a ride pass and the original cost of the ride exceeds the maximum value. You’ll be charged the flat fare plus and overage.

3. Day: 28 days ( The app will show all the detail of your current pass, including how many rides and days you have left)

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It shows the pass remaining days and amount in Uber app

Scoop

  1. Cover Area: SF city and great bay area.
  2. Flat fare package: $4~$8 depends on the distance. If you are located in bay area and want to save some money, why not go ahead?
  3. Request time: Need to register by 3:30pm for evening ride/ and by 9pm for next day morning ride. And Scoop will match your driver.

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 Comparison Table

Uber 28 day pass Scoop
Price ( From Mountain View to Fremont/ From Fremont to Mountain View; 17 miles) $3.49 Uber Pool/ $6.99 Uber X, but price will overage sometimes( to $13 ~$18) $4~$8 depends distance, Cheaper
Payment Debit, Credit
Driver/ Rider Rating It will show on the apps Unseen for rider
Purchase time Certain time offer Anytime
Time flexibility Request anytime Need to register by 3:30pm for evening ride/ and by 9pm for next day morning ride
Weekend Available anytime N/A
Weekday Available anytime Only from 4:30~11:15am/ 4:10~8:40
First Sign up promotion $10 Credit $20 Credit
Apply Register ( or use my promo code uberBeckyuber) Register ( or use my promo code BECKY5Z6)
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