“We have, you know, seen citations at that airport, but I think for us it’s a framework that we’re working on to try to make sure that as the airport grows and as Uber grows, that we really are a part of the community and working with the airport directly to make sure that that ride-sharing framework is reflected in the regulations,” Radford said.
Radford says Uber is talking to the airport about all Uber pickups. He says he expects an agreement will be reached in a couple of months.
“Right now, you know, we’re having very constructive conversations with the airport administrators and City Council,” Radford said. “But in the meantime, we’re doing everything we can to really be a part of the community, address this congestion challenge in the city, which is really why uberPOOL is super exciting for Atlanta as a whole.”
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said pick-ups by uberPOOL are not allowed.
“Only drop offs are allowed at this time,” McCranie said. “Pick ups are not permitted and remain illegal activity until new legislation is introduced and approved by the Atlanta City Council.”
A Cheaper Option
Customers will have to wait a little longer to get matched with someone traveling in the same direction, but Uber said the shared ride will be about 25 percent cheaper.
“People are coming to Atlanta expecting this option,” Radford said. “At the end of the day, [people] always want cheaper options to get around the city.”
He said a ride from Georgia Aquarium to Lenox Square might cost $25 with a taxi, $11 with Uber and about $8 with uberPOOL.
The carpooling service will only be available during rush-hour traffic, Friday nights till 3 a.m. and most of the day on weekends.