When riders consider Uber, it’s often as a one-time transportation solution. They might use it on vacation to get from the airport to the hotel, for instance, or to head downtown on a weekend. But there’s lots of ways that Uber can be used on a daily basis, whether it’s to commute to work or to pick up groceries.

While public transportation is still very much a necessity, research has found that Uber acts as an important complement for commuters. A study conducted by the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) found that ride-sharing services are most often used during times when public transportation isn’t available. The same study also found that those who use one mode of shared transportation are more likely to seek out other modes, often combining public transit, bikes-haring, car-sharing, and ride-sourcing in a way that allows them to operate without driving a car.

As consumers and businesses gradually move away from a one-car, one-driver commuting lifestyle, cities can find emissions reduce and traffic become more bearable. Here are two ways Uber is providing ride-sharing services to commuters:


Carpooling has long been a suggested alternative to driving alone, since fewer cars on the road reduces carbon emissions and protects the environment. The option to share rides through uberPOOL lets partners pick up multiple riders in one area and split the cost of the ride. Although uberPOOL is currently only available in select areas, the service is expanding. It recently launched in Denver, with more cities coming soon. Both partners and riders can benefit with a large pool of cars available to pick up folks traveling together to the same destination.

Uber for Business

If you’re a small business owner, then Uber for Business may be right for you. The service has signed up thousands of business who are looking to help manage expenses when it comes to travel for their employees. Using the central dashboard to see how your employees are using Uber, you can create customizable monthly reports and ride data to help your business keep track of expenses more efficiently. You can also create ride policies for your employees, and even review their trips to make sure they’re taking only necessary rides—and spending your budget wisely.

As rides-haring becomes more popular, consumers will find new ways to put these services to use. For Uber partners and riders, that’s good news. A large group of riders interested in becoming loyal customers can grow as Uber expands its offerings—helping partners succeed.