Boston Uber riders contributed $100,000 to American Red Cross during winter storms

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Uber Boston announced Wednesday that the company is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross — a portion of the fares passengers paid during the last two winter storms.

This is keeping with the company’s policy during state-declared emergencies: First Uber caps surging prices, then earmarks 20 percent of fares for the relief organization, and apportions the rest to Uber drivers. The company earns nothing during this period.

Not that they haven’t had a chance to catch up. After the last few weeks of bad weather and extended commutes, Bostonians may have grown accustomed to a near-constant state of surge-pricing when they fire up the app to hail a ride, as the capping-and-donation policy does not apply during during snow emergencies, or general lousy weather.

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research. Email her at nidhi.subbaraman@globe.com.
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