Uber says it pays out $200 million a year to Boston drivers


Uber drivers in Boston have earned $200 million in the past year, the company said on Tuesday.

In a post on its website that went up Tuesday morning, the dominant ride-hailing company said 1.75 million people have taken 28 million trips in Boston arranged through its app in its four years in Boston. Two million of those rides took place in September, Uber said earlier this month, showing the company’s rapid growth.

On Friday and Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., Uber said its Boston drivers provide more than 5,500 rides per hour.

Some of the data was revealed for the first time on Tuesday. Other information shines a new light on past disclosures by Uber Technologies Inc., the San Francisco transportation-tech company whose rapid growth has drawn the ire of taxi companies and regulators in cities around the world. In its four years in Boston, Uber said, 45,000 people have driven for the company; currently, it has more than 10,000 active drivers in Boston, according to a spokeswoman.

With its latest release, Uber sought to show that it was integral to Boston’s transportation system. When the T shuts down on weekdays, the company said, ride requests from locations like the Park Street T stop nearly double. The company also said demand has grown rapidly in neighborhoods such as Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan that have traditionally been underserved by taxis. Including student-heavy Mission Hill, about 11 percent of its rides in Greater Boston have gone to or from one of those neighborhoods, Uber said.

The company’s claim that its drivers have earned $200 million in the past year also shows how the upstart company has grown to take on the taxi industry. In the first half of 2015, taxis in the city of Boston received $100 million in fares, a 25 percent drop from the same period a year before. Those numbers aren’t totally comparable; Uber has also collected millions of dollars in variable commissions on top of what its drivers receive, and many other cities near Boston have their own taxi fleets whose fares aren’t tracked.

The story was updated at 4:45 p.m. to correct the average number of rides per hour provided by Uber on Fridays and Saturdays to 5,500.