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Uber launching JUMP scooters in Baltimore as Bird nearly doubles price per minute | Baltimore Sun

Uber is launching a fleet of about 300 of its JUMP electric scooters in Baltimore this week, becoming the latest company to join the city’s dockless scooter program, while a competitor nearly doubled the price per minute to ride Monday.

The JUMP scooters are free to unlock and cost 15 cents per minute to operate. They can be reserved and unlocked by scanning the QR code using the Uber app, according to Loic Amado, Uber’s East Coast general manager of scooters. To unlock one, tap the “Mode Switch” option at the top of the home screen and select “Scooter.”

“At Uber, we are working towards a world where Baltimore residents can easily live without a car by taking advantage of a wide variety of transportation options, from scooters to rideshare and beyond,” Amado said in a statement. “Today’s launch gets us closer to that vision by giving people in Baltimore an affordable, environmentally friendly way to get from point A to point B.”

Meanwhile, Bird increased its per-minute price in Baltimore from 15 cents to 29 cents as part of a nationwide rate-resetting.

“Similar to ride-hailing, Big Macs and cups of coffee, our pricing now varies by city,” Bird spokeswoman Mackenzie Long said in a statement. “The price for our environmentally friendly scooters has been updated to range from 10 cents to 33 cents per minute.”

The city Department of Transportation, which oversees the dockless scooter program, welcomed JUMP and was “unaware” of Bird’s price increase, which amounted to a “test of dynamic pricing in Baltimore,” spokeswoman Kathy Dominick said in a statement.

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