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One Year of uberPOOL in Los Angeles: Going further, Doing More—Together

February 19, 2016 / Los Angeles

New cars hit the streets of Los Angeles every day, and nearly 75% of Angelenos drive alone. Unsurprisingly, it’s estimated that the average commuter spends 80 hours a year stuck in traffic¹ while the average daily commute now takes nearly 30 minutes². This kind of congestion is bad for productivity in Los Angeles and the resulting pollution undermines everyone’s quality of life.

It’s why we’re excited to mark one year since the launch of uberPOOL in Los Angeles.  uberPOOL enables people going to the same place at the same time to share the journey.  It’s all about getting more butts into fewer cars. This means cheaper rides for passengers and less congestion over time.  

Here’s how it works.

  • Choose the uberPOOL option in the app. Enter your destination and request a ride.  
  • You’ll see your driver’s details straight away–name, photo and the details of the car.  As with uberX, these drivers have undergone an extensive screening process.  
  • uberPOOL will then match you with another passenger heading in the same direction:
    • That passenger will either be in the car at the start of your trip, in which case you’ll see their name in advance; or
    • Your driver will pick them up along the way, in which case Uber will notify you via the app.
  • Whether you’re first or second into the car, Uber ensures that you’re never taken more than a few minutes out of your way.
  • At the end of your trip, you’ll pay just like a normal Uber trip and receive an electronic receipt.

uberPOOL is a proven model.   

  • In LA, uberPOOL now accounts for 25 percent of our trips in the city and millions of rides. In the last four months, riders have saved over 4.3 million miles by sharing rides on uberPOOL—translating to over 750 metric tons of CO2 emissions saved.

Cheaper rides for passengers: uberPOOL is more affordable because the cost of the trip is shared.  Fares can be as much as 30% cheaper than uberX, and the average trip on uberPOOL costs just 10 bucks.

Less congestion: uberPOOL is a convenient way for people going in the same direction at the same time to share the journey. This helps cut congestion and pollution.  And because uberPOOL is cheap and easy to use, over time it offers a credible alternative to car ownership. If you can press a button and get an affordable ride across town within minutes at any time of day or night, why bother to own a car at all?  

Less time between trips for drivers: uberPOOL means less idle time between paying trips for drivers. It also means more demand overall because as the cost of a trip falls, more people use the service– which means more rides for drivers.  

uberPOOL is available across Los Angeles County.






Map of Los Angeles request area.

FACTS ABOUT uberPOOL:Since uberPOOL was launched in San Francisco in September 2014, it has expanded to cities around the world, including: Austin, Bangalore, Boston, Chengdu, Chicago, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

In San Francisco, uberPOOL now makes up nearly half of Uber’s trips in the city. In one month alone, the service saved 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions when compared with non-pooled trips, the equivalent to the output of over 128,000 pounds of coal.

In New York City, during the last week of October, nearly 50,000 riders took an uberPOOL trip. In one week alone, more than 60,000 miles of car travel on New York City streets were eliminated by matched uberPOOL trips.

uberPOOL is helping Angelenos go further and do more at the push of a button—but we’re just getting started. We look forward to working together to build a future with fewer cars, more shared rides, less traffic and smarter cities.

We can’t wait for what’s to come and what we can do—together.