Uber Reins In Dreaded Surge Fares During D.C. Subway Shutdown

  • Company limits surge pricing to 3.9 times normal in Washington
  • Riders complained in the past that it was exploiting crises

Commuters are seen on 12th Street NW during the morning rush hours on March 16, 2016, in Washington.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

The one-day shutdown of Washington’s subway gave ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. a chance to pick up business -- and to show an influential crowd that it’s learned a lesson about pricing.

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