Thursday, December 8, 2022

Uber resumes shared trips in New York and San Francisco

After taking the service away for more than two years. Uber said on Tuesday that it will bring shared trips back to a small number of U.S. cities New York and San Francisco.

Uber resumes shared trips including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Portland, Oregon, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. It lets riders share a car with strangers going in the same general direction in exchange for a discount. The organization has said that it plans to expand to other places this summer.

In March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic started to cause trouble all over the world. Both Uber and Lyft stopped their shared rides services. Lyft brought back its shared rides service in Philadelphia and Miami the year before. A month ago, the company said it would soon start expanding to San Francisco, San Jose, and other cities in California, as well as Denver, Las Vegas, and Atlanta.

Even though prices in the industry as a whole kept going up. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in the fall that the company would once again offer shared trips. After that, the company changed the name of the service from “Uber Pool” to “UberX Share”. And started testing it in Miami with the new name.

On Tuesday, Uber announced that riders who want to share will get a discount on the initial fee and up to 20% off the total fare. If they are paired with a co-rider along the way. Also, the company promises that passengers will get to their destination no more than eight minutes later. Then they would be in a private Uber vehicle. Now, there can only be a maximum of two people in an Uber ride.

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