Tired of surge pricing and other surprises on your monthly bill and from drivers for Uber and Lyft? Then get FREE shared rides in Manhattan from Gett, the “other” on-demand car service. The FREE rides are to introduce Gett Together, a new service designed to fill the gaps in public transportation along the East and West Sides of Manhattan, as an alternative to, or complement to, the subway.
The rides are free through December 5th, after which they will be $3 flat fee. No surge pricing, no surcharges, no surprises, but there are restrictions. Here’s how it works:
Gett Together rides are available workday weekdays only (but not on holidays like Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day), during rush hours only.
That means, Monday-Friday from 7-10 am and 5-8 pm.
The rides are only along specified routes along the East and West Side of Manhattan, between 6th and 96th Streets on the East aide and between 50th and 96th Streets on the West Side.
Riders can be picked up and dropped off anywhere along the set route during the designated commuting hours, and may share the vehicle with other riders headed the same way.
The routes take passengers downtown from the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side, and uptown from the East Village in the mornings, then reverse the direction in the afternoon.
Once you open the app, you have to drag your pickup location to the pre-existing East Side or West Side routes, and you’ll be told when and where to hook up with your free ride. Waiting time can be anywhere from three to 15 minutes.
The rides are free until Monday, December 5th. Then, they cost $3.
Gett is an on-demand car service provider in more than 80 cities worldwide, including London, Moscow, and NYC and has raised over $520 million in venture funding, including a recent strategic $300M investment from Volkswagen Group.