AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the demand for Uber rides continue to grow in Austin, the company says they’re trying to recruit 5,000 drivers–specifically drivers who live in East Austin–over the next 12 months.
At a news conference on Wednesday morning, Uber along with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber, Austin Area Urban League and NAACP announced the hiring initiative. The general manager for Austin’s Uber Marco McCottry says in the past year, they’ve connected 2.5 million riders and that one in three trips starts or ends in East Austin
“Who better to benefit from these economic opportunities than the people who live in the neighborhoods where these rides are needed,” says McCottry.
By focusing on East Austin, the ride-sharing company hopes to create jobs and improve access to transportation to people who live in the area.
“This is what the doctor ordered,” says Nelson Linder with the NAACP. “When a corporation that’s a private enterprise decides to invest in an area that’s been historically underutilized that sends a major signal throughout this city.”