#BostonStrong: Uber Introduces Hero Rides with BostonX


This week, I visited the Boston Marathon memorial exhibition at Boston Public Library. As I relived that day and fought back tears, I was once again inspired by the heroes of the day, those who saved so many people during such a horrible tragedy. On Saturday April 19, those in Boston can request an Uber ride with “BostonX,” where your driver will be a community hero: police officers, firefighters, soldiers, and teachers. Read on for more about Uber BostonX, a free ride code, and my personal marathon story.

I’ve lived in Boston for 13 years, and I’ve attended just as many runnings of the Boston Marathon. For 6 years, I worked on Boylston Street right by the finish line. Last year, I was on my way to Kenmore Square to cheer on a sorority sister when the Green Line train I was on was immediately stopped & evacuated. My friends and I exited at Hynes, wondering what was going on. When we reached Kenmore, we saw the runners being stopped by police barricades: two bombs had gone off right above us as the train passed through Copley station, closed as always for the event. Luckily, no one I know was physically harmed, but we all were hurt that day. The response from the heroes, the residents, and the world, though, was beautiful and strong.

If you’ve never used Uber, it’s an iPhone/Android app that lets you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes to take you where you need to go. There’s no need to worry about handling cash – your fare is automatically billed to your credit card on file with no need to tip.

In the spirit of the Boston Marathon, Uber is celebrating perseverance and the amazing drivers partnering with Uber who also happen to be community heroes. Here’s how to request a ride with a hero:

  • Saturday, 4/19, from 9am to 5pm EST, you’ll be able to request a ride on BostonX.
  • Simply open up your app and swipe all the way right to the “BostonX” view and request a car.
  • All BostonX rides are at uberX rates.

For those who’ve never used Uber, download the app, and use code “MANTRA14” for a free ride (up to $25).

Here’s to a safe and happy Marathon Monday to you all!



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2 thoughts on “#BostonStrong: Uber Introduces Hero Rides with BostonX

  1. Dana April 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Tara, I came back to your website to check on you after reading your blog on Everyday Health last week (or the week before). I am new to blogging/replying, and just looked for the most recent post date. I hope you find this, so that you will know there is someone rooting for you as you travel the road to health without meds. Hang in there! You seem so bright and funny, thoughtful and reflective…coraggio! I hope you won’t mind if I recommend some of the books by Dr. Neal Barnard on the topic of reversing diabetes by following a vegan diet. He has done a program on the same for PBS that occasionally airs during pledge seasons. Best of luck on your journey!

  2. Diane April 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Me too. I want to hear your progress. I’m in the same boat.

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