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Uber Reportedly Launching Bike Messenger Service on Tuesday

by Jacob Kleinman | April 7, 2014April 7, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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Uber’s already conquered the car service market with its easy-to-use mobile app, and now the company is preparing to launch a courier service within its already popular app. UberRUSH will reportedly roll-out starting tomorrow in Manhattan, following a teaser tweet the company posted on Friday. TechCrunch claims to know the specifics of the new service.

UberRUSH will reportedly show up as an option in Uber’s app alongside UberX, BLACK and SUV, letting customers send small packages across the city. The service will charge a base fare of $15 and increase the price based on distance by chopping Manhattan into a handful of zones at $5 per zone travelled through. UberRUSH fees will max out of $30 per delivery.

Uber won’t be competing with other companies like Postmates, which let you order an item from you phone and have it delivered by bike messenger. Instead, UberRUSH will let you hire a delivery person to pick up an item from you and deliver it somewhere else in the city by bike or on foot, similar to traditional courier services.

UberRUSH will be available 24 hours per day, though the company expects to do the bulk of its business during work hours when documents and other items need to be sent from office to office. TechCrunch doesn’t mention whether the new service will include Uber’s dreaded surge pricing, though we guess it probably will if the company wants to keep UberRUSH running all night long.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...