The Magic of Uber

Last weekend, my wife and I returned home to the Bay Area after a weekend getaway to New Mexico.

Because of flight schedules, we landed at Oakland International Airport, even though our home is on the Peninsula, and much closer to SFO.

In the past, our arrival at Oakland would have necessitated a long trek back home on public transportation — airport monorail to the BART system, BART system all the way around the Bay to Millbrae, and a cab home from Millbrae.

That trip costs ~$30 for two people and takes probably 75 minutes. The transfers all involve lugging backs around train terminals.

This weekend, however, we hailed an Uber at the airport drop-off lane, and it took us home for $42 (including tolls~).

The Uber trip took us half the time, felt five times as comfortable, and was only $10 more expensive.

Small victories, but the world is changing for the better.

Originally published at on December 21, 2015.

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