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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 offer more than convenience for riders. They can offer powerful new options for city planners, who are tackling pollution, congestion, and parking shortages. The key to making cities move better? Maybe a shared network, combining ridesharing services like Uber with public transit.

Uber Under the Hood on Medium, May 20, 2016

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Connecting you with public transit

With reliable transportation options, ridesharing can not only help people get to their nearest transit stop but also:

  1. Fill in gaps in existing public transit service
  2. Provide access to underserved communities
  3. Alleviate the demand for parking
  4. Reduce costs of underused routes or services

Our application programming interface (API) helps make travel better for everyone

When multiple options are connected, riders can use multiple modes of transportation—including public transit—to get where they need to go. By partnering with third-party apps, we hope to help bridge the gaps in transit systems by ensuring certainty and reliability in riders’ journeys.

Working with public transit to create solutions

Partnerships with agencies and local governments can help fulfill our mission to increase access to transportation.

“Ridesharing can fill in gaps in our transit systems … between 10pm and 4am, when public transit runs less frequently or is unavailable.”

American Public Transportation Association

Making ridesharing more affordable

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

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Expanding service in communities that need it

California’s San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) 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.

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Improving access to transportation

The City of Altamonte Springs, Florida, joined forces with Uber to launch a pilot program that subsidizes 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.

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Great partnerships for greater change

Masabi

Our partnership with Masabi allows riders to seamlessly integrate public transit with ridesharing by booking and using transit tickets through the Uber API.

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TransLoc

By integrating the Uber API into the TransLoc app, riders will receive a personalized journey with the optimal combination of walking, transit, and Uber trips.

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Moovit

Moovit users can plan their journeys using buses, trains, bikesharing, and Uber. Real-time estimates for Uber appear on the Moovit homescreen, giving users immediate access to the information they need to help get to their destination efficiently and affordably.

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