Late last month the local Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) in Puerto Rico filed a regulation that eases government restrictions, thereby providing ride-hailing services, such as Uber, as an alternative to taxis and public transportation on the island.
According to Caribbean Business, “services will reportedly be available at least in the San Juan metro by summertime.”
This is welcome news for travelers because taxis in San Juan are often expensive and use “zone rates” within the tourist areas, which covers a broad region. Within this area, taxis will not run the meter, and even the zone pricing is subject to the taxi drivers discretion – often leading to higher prices than one would expect. In addition, buses on the island are slow and unreliable.
Any alternatives to a taxi on the island of Puerto Rico is a welcome addition. Uber already operates in over 400 cities around the world, and it appears that Uber is going to start in San Juan, and then may expand to other parts of the island of 3.5 million people.