Uber has already changed how Sydney moves, and we want to do it again. That’s why we’re introducing Public Transport into the Uber app.
The fact is, for many trips it can be faster or cheaper to take public transport than any other form of travel. But when we’re in a hurry, we don’t always take the time to compare trip options. We want to give riders a seamless way to do that right from our app.
So from today, Sydneysiders will begin seeing real-time bus, train, ferry and light rail information in the Uber app – the first time Uber has integrated public transport data into the app in the Asia-Pacific region.
This is an important step towards making it possible for people to replace their private car with their mobile phone.
You might ask, why is Uber doing this? It’s simple – we’re looking beyond ridesharing to becoming a true transport platform – from public transport to JUMP e-bikes and scooters to Uber Air. And road congestion isn’t good for anyone, least of all Uber driver-partners or riders. This new product is all about empowering riders to make the best journey choice.
How it works:
- Accessing Public Transport information within the app is easy: After riders enter a destination in Sydney, they will see “Public Transport” as an option alongside other products, like “UberX” and “Pool”.
- Upon selecting the “Public Transport” option, riders can see fast routes, real-time schedules, prices and walking directions to and from stations or bus stops.
At Uber we believe we need to help people plan travel in a way that is as convenient as taking a private car, and technology is key to helping us achieve that.
Public Transport and Uber can be a powerful combination. We intend to keep pioneering this type of integration so that people can get safe, reliable, convenient rides without the need to rely on a private car.
I’d also like to acknowledge that this type of innovation wouldn’t be possible without the NSW Government’s open approach to data and focus on the future of transport.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it was great to see so many transport options on the one integrated platform, available at the fingertips of customers.
“The journey is no longer about a single mode of transport, it’s about a combination of modes to get to your destination in the most convenient way,” he said.
“Linking public transport options with the Uber app was only possible due to the Government’s long term commitment to open data and technology and we look forward to seeing what other initiatives emerge in future.”