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Partnering with transit systems

Efficiently moving people around cities has perplexed urban planners for centuries. What if ridesharing could help?

Ridesharing services and self-driving cars offer more than convenience for riders. They offer powerful new options for city planners. In fact, with self-driving vehicles, congestion virtually disappears, traffic emissions are reduced by one-third, and 95% less public space would be required for parking. The key to making this a reality? A shared network, combining ridesharing services like Uber with public transit.

Uber Under the Hood on Medium, May 20, 2016

THE CHALLENGE

How can we help extend the reach of public transit?

Around the world, a large percentage of Uber trips start or end within 200 meters of public transit. That’s why we’ve teamed up with third-party transit apps and transit agencies around the world to extend the reach of public transit by providing reliable service to help people in underserved areas get where they want to go.

OUR CONTRIBUTION

Why Uber?

Four reasons Uber’s a good partner for third-party transit apps and transit agencies:

Fills the gaps in existing public transit service

Provides access to underserved communities

Alleviates the demand for parking

Reduces costs of underutilized routes or services

Uber’s Application Programming Interface (API) is making travel smarter

Why integrate the Uber API into transit apps? Because it can help make travel better for everyone.

In fact, when multiple options are connected, riders can bring multiple modes of transportation—including public transit—into their commutes. Together, we hope to bridge the gaps in transit systems by delivering certainty and reliability to our riders’ end-to-end journeys.

These solutions marry the strengths of public transit—the transportation backbone of our cities—with the convenience and reliability of Uber’s technology, getting riders to and from transit stops to reach their ultimate destination.

Working with public transit

Uber partners with agencies and governments to increase access to transportation.

More affordable ridesharing in Pinellas County, Florida

The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged awarded a $300,000 grant to help low-income, unemployed residents in Pinellas County overcome transportation barriers to employment. With this new program, riders can request up to 23 free rides per month between the hours of 9pm and 6am. Rides must be to a place of employment or a residence.

“Ridesharing can fill in gaps in our transit systems. For example, riders take Uber most frequently between 10pm and 4am, when public transit runs less frequently or is unavailable.”

American Public Transportation Association

Expanded service in San Joaquin County, California

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has partnered with Uber to extend the reach of its existing countywide transit service to residents who live outside the service area. Riders can save 50% (up to $5 per ride) when using Uber from outside the service area to popular destinations in the county between 6am and 10pm, Monday through Friday.

Altamonte Springs, Florida, launches pilot to improve access

The City of Altamonte Springs, Florida, partnered with Uber to launch a pilot program to improve access to transportation. The program will subsidize 20% of the cost of every Uber trip beginning and ending within city limits. Additionally, all trips starting or ending at the Altamonte Springs SunRail station will receive a 25% subsidy. In 2017, Uber expanded similar partnerships to the Florida cities of Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, and Sanford.

Integrations at work

TransLoc

TransLoc®, a leading provider of transportation technology, is partnering with Uber to create a new standard in public transit and private technology collaboration. This partnership seeks to combine the best of private transportation and public transit for truly integrated mobility.

Citymapper

Citymapper features a unique SuperRouter algorithm, combining transit routing with car routing. The addition of the ETA and travel time information from Uber’s Application Programming Interface (API) completes Citymapper’s picture of real-time transportation information in the city.

Moovit

Moovit users can plan their journeys with a combination of options, from buses and trains to bikesharing and Uber. Real-time estimates for Uber appear right on the Moovit homescreen, giving users immediate access to the information they need to get to their destination efficiently and affordably.