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Is Uber Coming to Tacoma? (UPDATED)

A brand new twitter account and one tweet is getting a few folks excited. Uber, the rapidly expanding not-a-taxi and ridesharing service is considering Tacoma. Uber already operates in more than 30 US cities and 30 countries. This is the first time we've heard of them looking at our city.

Hey Tacoma! We've got our sights set on you...

— Uber Tacoma (@Uber_Tacoma) March 12, 2014

The company is currently in the middle of a very public battle with the City of Seattle. We've reached out for additional information on the expanison and will let you know what we hear.

UPDATE (3/26/2014): We just read this from Uber (at blog.uber.com/tacoma):

Hello Tacoma!

Reliable, safe, affordable rides will be just a tap away at the beginning of April. Uber has actually been completing trips in your area for some time, but now we are giving you the attention you deserve. Dedicated supply, your very own twitter count, happy hours, partnerships and more.

Do you have a big event coming up? Own a bar or restaurant?
Let us know! We would love to partner.

Want to be a driver on the Uber platform? Signup here!

We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,

The Uber Seattle (& Tacoma) Team

So there you have it. UberX plans to kick off official Tacoma service sometime in April. Who needs a ride?


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Erik B.

That would be awesome if they did!

Here is their Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/Uber_Tacoma/status/443814807436009472

March 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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NameJo mombo

Dont do it Über!  People who take cabs in Tacoma aren’t business people trying to get to seatac or a meeting. Do your homework. Check how many cabbies have been robbed, assaulted, or killed I would definetly not pick up a soul in Tacoma.  I live in Tacoma.  Bad idea.

March 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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talus

Not a soul?  I guess me and my friends are a lot scarier than I thought…

March 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Arthur

You realize that Uber is completely cashless - right?  There’s nothing to rob unless you’re dumb enough to steal a car that is actively being tracked by the Uber company…  This company has figured out a way to make it safer for drivers to pick up and transport passengers.  Also - you have to request the Uber by using Uber’s app, which means that there’s a record of everyone in the car at all times.  They don’t just pull over and pick up people who flag them down.

Uber coming to Tacoma is an amazing thing, and I truly hope that it takes off!

March 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Sid

That’s alarming Namejo, could you share with us how many cabbies have been robbed, or killed in Tacoma?

March 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik BRegistered

By the way it looks like Uber already covers the Puget Sound from Des Moines to Shoreline and a dozen cities in between.  Tacoma has always been left out.  Thus, thy need to just expand 12 miles making the whole issue almost a non-story. 

Here is the coverage map:

https://www.uber.com/cities/seattle

March 14, 2014 at 11:45 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik BRegistered

It is official folks!

Lyft has now expanded their map to include Tacoma:

<img src=“https://s3.amazonaws.com/lyft-assets/help.lyft.com/maps/maps_sea.png”

March 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik BRegistered

Here is a link to the map including Tacoma:

http://www.lyft.me/help?article=1310124

March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik BRegistered

Lyft has REALLY arrived folks.  This is downtown in the Triangle District in front of Tacoma Brewery.  First known Lyft pickup ride.

March 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JesseRegistered

Tacoma needs some real pioneers in transit.  The perfect solution is here!  The romance of the handsome cab without the guilt or dander of the equine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBSgpHQO-J4

March 19, 2014 at 7:29 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik BRegistered

The ridehare service Lyft is now operating in Tacoma.

Here is their coverage map which covers most of Puget Sound.

To use the service, download the app here:

https://www.lyft.me/

March 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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