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With Express Pool, Uber Offers an Even Cheaper Ride Option

22 February, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Uber may offer its “Express POOL” service as an option at San Francisco International Airport

The new service lets customers book rides with other passengers heading in the same general direction, making it more efficient by minimizing the number of deviations a driver must make. However instead of a door-to-door service where the driver will pick up multiple passengers, Uber Express Pool will require that passengers walk to the location of the driver.

Express Pool is now available in D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Diego in addition to San Francisco, where the service was available in a trial program. But, if more people are using the service that gets them where they need to go efficiently (say, Pool or Express Pool over Uber X) surge pricing will decrease, as the app will be able to take more people on fewer routes.

But SEPTA has also noted that rush hour ridership remains strong, suggesting that off-peak rides garner more Uber requests.

The Express POOL launch brings a change to the current Uber POOL model that's created to make for more direct routing, with easier pickups for drivers and fewer annoying deviations from the route for riders thanks to two key actions Uber is asking riders to help out with: Walking and waiting.

In the Uber Express Pool service, when commuters hail a cab, they will be asked to walk to a nearby spot or wait a few minutes before the trip starts. Walking and waiting help us make more optimal matches and provide better, straighter, faster routes with fewer detours, delivering an even more affordable and consistent option than POOL to consumers.

What makes Express Pool so cheap compared to the standard Pool and UberX options is that it utilizes pickup points, where users are expected to walk, to offer fares discounted by at least 50 percent.

The service launches as Uber continues its ride toward rehabbing its image.

Uber has been testing the new service in San Francisco and Boston since late 2017.

"Express Pool, in combination with public transit, cycling, car-sharing and more, can help us get towards this shift, and I'm extremely excited about the potential impact this product can have on cities".

Although fares could rival public transportation costs, Express Pool will be significantly more expensive during times of surge pricing.

Express Pool officially launched in a handful of U.S. cities and was billed as an improvement on a vehicle pool offering Uber has provided since 2014.

"The future of transportation in cities includes a shift towards more space-efficient modes of transportation and away from personal auto ownership", Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase said in the release.


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