Uber expands public transit-like 'Express POOL' service to Denver

Uber expands public transit-like 'Express POOL' service to Denver

Uber expands public transit-like 'Express POOL' service to Denver

The key difference between Express Pool and Uberpool is the Express more closely resembles a public bus service.

That means Tampa Bay will have to wait and see if it will get access to Ubers latest offering, which links riders who are traveling to the same area to save money on the fare. They'll then be driven to a common drop-off point, and walk a short distance to their individual destinations, according to a company press release.

The company said depending on the time of day, the new feature could cost up to 75 percent less than a regular ride.

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The result is a service that's more affordable for passengers and more efficient for drivers, said Ethan Stock, Uber's product lead on Express Pool.

"Express Pool, in combination with public transit, cycling, car-sharing and more, can help us get towards this shift, and I'm extremely excited about the potential impact this product can have on cities". "By spending that little waiting time up front, while you're finishing getting ready and trying to get out the door, we can find the right driver for you and your drive will be faster than a regular Pool ride is today".

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The Express POOL launch brings a change to the current Uber POOL model that's created to make for more direct routing, with easier pickups for drivers and fewer annoying deviations from the route for riders thanks to two key actions Uber is asking riders to help out with: Walking and waiting. Stock says passengers can expect to wait for 1 to 2 minutes while the app pairs them with other riders traveling along a similar route.

And, as of Wednesday, it's officially adding a new service to its roster that'll cater to people who don't want to spend a lot of money: a low-priced carpool service called Express Pool.

Starting this week, Uber customers in Denver and several other cities will be able to request a shared ride with up to four passengers.

Lyft also has a similar service called Shuttle, which it rolled out in San Francisco and Chicago past year. The idea is that during this additional time, Uber's algorithm is blasting through hundreds of different drivers, routes, pickup and dropoff locations, and additional riders looking for the optimal match.

"We add a small amount of time, one to two minutes at the beginning of the ride", Stock said. This is just the start: we'll be bringing Express POOL to more cities soon!

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