Uber Stampeding Herd Hauler?

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CASEY MCCARTY | THE SPECTRUM
NDSU student government recently discussed a possible deal with Uber to replace Herd Hauler.

Uber, the common ride-sharing app is in talks of a deal with North Dakota State.

In the student senate’s latest meeting, a discussion was held about a future deal with the company.

A program with Uber could possibly be replacing the old Fargo-Moorhead taxi cab program, Herd Hauler.

Students using Herd Hauler needed a special sticker on their student ID to qualify for the benefits of the program. The cost of Herd Hauler was half of the total cab fare, and a max total fare off $6 for any cab rides with a total cost of over $12.

The Herd Hauler program operated from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday – Sunday. It also operated for rides to the airport, available at all times.

Rumored details with Uber differ in a degree of details.

The Uber ride share program could operate from 8 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

To qualify for the program, students would need to register their Uber account with their NDSU email.

Student senate minutes speculated costs would be to have the first two rides with the program free, and every subsequent ride to have a discount of 15 percent.

A promotional code would also be needed to access the discounts of the program, and the program would only apply to rides within a designated rider zone.

Taylor Galbrecht, a sophomore dietetics student, thought the idea of an Uber program “sounds like a pretty good idea.”

It is unknown what the rider zone may be, or what explicit details of the program will be at this point.

Minutes from the student senate meeting show a contract with the ride sharing company has been secured, though there is no timeline for when the plans may be finalized.

The Spectrum reached out to student government representatives but was unable to obtain any further information due to a nondisclosure agreement between the student government and Uber.

 

Editor’s note, 4:30 p.m.: The original story has been updated to reflect the expiration of the campus’s contract with the Herd Hauler program. An earlier version also incorrectly stated the times the program ran. 

Editor’s note, 8:30 p.m.: The story has been updated to clarify that conversations with Uber were initiated by NDSU Student Government rather than university officials. 

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