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As school bus strike looks likely to continue, Uber ride service offers students free lifts

The bus driver strike looks like it could continue into a second day, but one start-up is promising to try to (temporarily) fill the void: Uber ride service, which offers a variety of smartphone-summoned transportation options from taxis to chauffeured black sedans, says it will offer free services to anyone traveling to or from school Wednesday.

“Here at Uber Boston, we know there are few things more important than getting our students to school safely and reliably,” Nicholas Mathews posted on the company’s blog. “So tomorrow, we’re providing free rides to and from all Boston Public Schools for families and students around the city.”

The timing couldn’t be better, given that city officials are urging parents to find alternative means of transportation.

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The promotion is good from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and covers up to two rides for up to $20 that end or begin at a Boston public school, “no questions asked.” Users simply hail the transportation using one of the company’s smartphone apps for iPhone or Android.

Hat tip to Karyn Polewaczykof Lets Go Out who spotted the offer.

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