An investment of almost $1 million. Office space tripled in size.
MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - As Uber marks its second anniversary and one year since the launch of uberX in Montreal, the popular urban ridesharing service proudly inaugurates its new Montreal offices, thus confirming the company's exceptional growth since its arrival in this metropolis.
Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, Uber's General Manager for Quebec, marked the occasion by addressing the media and thanking Montrealers for their support and enthusiasm since uberX was launched here in October 2014. Speaking on behalf of Uber Montreal and hundreds of thousands of users, Guillemette reiterated his commitment to working with government authorities to develop a new regulatory framework for urban ridesharing. He also took this opportunity to acknowledge Premier Philippe Couillard's open-minded attitude to innovation.
Guillemette then went on to deliver a major update on Uber operations in Montreal.
- Close to 300,000 Uber requests are logged in Montreal every month.
- A ride is ordered on the Uber platform in Montreal once every 9 seconds.
- 68% of uberX rides in Montreal are one-way, which means that an alternative means of transportation is used for the return trip.
- 28% of uberX rides in Montreal start or end near a Metro station, which confirms the use of uberX for the first or last kilometer of a trip – between the user's home and a station.
- More than 20,000 Montrealers, on average, download the Uber app to their smartphones every month.
- More than 1,000 new driver-partners did their first run in October alone.
- Over the past year, the company created more than 1,400 full-time-equivalent* jobs in Montreal.
- The average hourly income earned by uberX driver-partners in Montreal is $22.40.
- 50% of driver-partners work less than 10 hours weekly.
- 70% of driver-partners work less than 20 hours weekly.
- Over the past year, more than 7,190,174 kilometers have been covered in Montreal.
- The average rating for uberX driver-partners was 4.7 stars out of 5.
"My thanks today go to Montrealers, first of all, for the support and interest they have shown in urban ridesharing since Day One. By offering another transportation option that is safe, reliable and affordable, Uber has presented a solution to the chronic traffic congestion problems we deal with every day. 2016 is almost upon us, and we are eager to continue serving Montrealers and offering them more options through our innovative technological platform." - Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, Uber General Manager for Quebec
About Uber Canada
Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is changing the way people get around their city. With a presence in more than 30 Canadian cities, Uber is providing more than 20,000 driver-partners in this country with a new part-time or full-time way of earning a living, while offering hundreds of thousands of users nationwide a more affordable transportation alternative.
For more information, go to www.uber.com.
*This figure was arrived at by adding the number of hours worked weekly, as recorded on the uberX platform, and dividing this total by 35 hours to calculate the number of full-time-equivalent jobs that would have been created.
SOURCE Uber Canada Inc. (Québec)
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