Want a Ride? Uber's New Service Says Take a Walk

Chelsea West
February 22, 2018

The new rideshare option is a deviation from Uber POOL, which lets riders save a few bucks by allowing drivers to pick up other riders going in the same general direction. Once linked, riders would need to walk a couple of blocks to be picked up at a common location. At the end of the ride, passengers will be dropped off within walking distance to their final destination.

Denver is among three USA cities that can begin using the "Express POOL" service on Tuesday. But riders also have to walk to a pickup location. Unfortunately, those rides are set to become fewer and farther between, as Uber seeks to ideal rider-driver matching in its latest product, Express Pool.

Although riders will have to walk to a nearby pickup spot and wait a few minutes prior to the start of the trip, Uber believes these two additional actions will ultimately save drivers and riders time and frustration.

"Walking and waiting help us make more optimal matches and provide better, straighter, faster routes with fewer detours, delivering an even more affordable and consistent option".

Ride on Uber Express is up to 30% cheaper than on Uberpool and up to 75% less than a regular Uber ride.

Ridesharing provider Uber is launching a new service in Denver that will feel familiar to anyone who has ever ridden a city bus.

Like the existing UberPool service, Express Pool groups multiple riders into one vehicle.

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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.

Even as the company has seen unprecedented growth by expanding to dozens of countries, Uber has been hurt by allegations of executive misconduct, a toxic work atmosphere, and potentially unethical competitive practices.

In 2014 when Uber launched POOL, we had the vision of getting more people into fewer cars.

"We add a small amount of time, one to two minutes at the beginning of the ride", Stock said.

Notably, Uber Express Pool is the company's first product in over three.

The company first trialled Express Pool - which works in a similar way to Lyft Line - in San Francisco and Boston.

Regardless how SEPTA responds to the potential ridership threat, we know the Philadelphia Parking Authority has responded to the app's growth by proposing a 50-cent surcharge to rides through not only Uber and Lyft, but taxis as well.

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