Earlier this week, international ride share provider Uber kicked off service in Winnipeg to much fan fare. Folks in the provincial capital are now as a result able to use the popular platform for on-demand transportation from point A to point B.
A less talked about offshoot of that service launch is the opening of the door ever so slightly for local Westman folks to themselves hail an Uber with a drop off point in the Wheat City... with the notable catch that pickup would have to be in Winnipeg.
For such an extended ride, pricing within the app can vary based on a host of factors at the time of request. On Saturday night, a sample search on a ride from Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport to Brandon’s Keystone Centre showed a cost of $266.65 for an UberX-level ride for up to four passengers should you find a driver accepting of the ride request (it's unclear how likely the company's initial Peg City drivers would be game for that length of trip). For one step further, an UberXL that would accommodate up to six passengers would set you back $466.60 for the same trip. One is best to check the app for most current rate for the Winnipeg pickup and Brandon drop off points most appropriate to you.
For comparison, the rate for a single person from Winnipeg’s airport to Brandon is a little more than $50 using a common shuttle service. Before you write this post off as merely a fun exercise, should one’s party happen to be four people large that rate would quadruple to more than $200 and perhaps make taking an Uber that kind of distance less out of left field than it might seem.
Uber’s service is setup to allow rides with a four hour limit. Rider pickups in Manitoba are restricted to within Winnipeg and thus of course not able to be made in Brandon. In fact the current City of Brandon taxi by-law would not permit them to if they wanted to. At last word the matter of the local Taxi By-law’s application to rideshare service providers was being prepared to be brought in front of Brandon City Council, with more than one service provider known to be eyeing the city for local service when permitted to do so.
The current long-distance Uber record holder is said to be a rider that travelled from North Carolina to California, covering a distance of 2256 miles (3631 km).