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New Uber Express Pool to be up to 50% cheaper than Uber Pool

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chawes
756 Rider Guru
 Posted 3 years, 5 months ago

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/21/17020484/uber-express-pool-launch-cities

And 75% cheaper than UberX!! The idea is it will match you with pool riders that are within a few blocks of you. It makes you both walk to a pickup point.

Will people be willing to walk a few blocks to save money?

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    tabby
    172 Rider
     3 years ago

    In some cities this makes sense. But in cities that have decent public transportation options I can't see how this is much easier. For instance in NYC the subway is ridiculously convenient, I can't imagine peope using this service when you could probably walk a block and be at the subway and not have to sit in traffic.

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      you_know_nothing
      42 Rider
       3 years ago

      This might actually give the subway a run for its money, cost wise. It's gonna be super cheap.

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      ant
      122 Rider
       3 years ago

      Yeah but... smelly armpits.

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      babarett
      189 Rider
       3 years ago

      Well, I think one hope for this kind of service is that it reduces traffic. If enough people forgo their own personal cars/taxis/rideshares and use options like Uber Express Pool, the traffic will significantly decrease. People just have to buy into it and be ok being inconvenienced for the greater good.

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    brownbear
    599 Rider
     3 years ago

    People will use it. But I think it will be somewhat rare. People are lazy. Including myself. I guess if I was a dirt poor college student with lots of time maybe I'd use it occasionally.

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      bett
      34 Rider
       3 years ago

      You wouldn't walk 2 blocks for ride that probably rivals the cost of the subway? It's not like Uber is askingyou to walk a mile first...

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        brownbear
        599 Rider
         3 years ago

        Nope. Why do that when I can have someone pick me up right where I stand, sooner, and for probably only a few dollars more? I'm not even ashamed to say it. And, like it or not, I think this attitude will be shared by many.

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          bett
          34 Rider
           3 years ago

          Must be nice to have money to spare and an attitude that doesnt care about our environment. #realgemhere

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    you_know_nothing
    42 Rider
     3 years ago

    A little more walking doesn't hurt anybody.

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    lionfool
    236 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    Sure starts to make owning a car seem super expensive...

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    bellylaugh
    47 Rider
     3 years ago

    Is this available everywhere or just certain cities?

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      lilly
      1024 Rider Guru
       3 years ago

      San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Denver

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    dracomalfoy
    200 Driver
     3 years ago

    ARGHHHH Just another way Uber is going to cut driver's pay, mark my words. Drivers will only make pennies off of rides like this. BS!

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      charleskeyv
      140 Rider
       3 years ago

      Drivers are still being paid per mile/per minute wages along with the base fare but apparently there are other issues according to Recode.

      "However, some drivers who have already tried Express Pool in Boston and San Francisco have complained that passengers either don’t understand that it’s not a door-to-door service, or they still insist on being picked up or dropped off in front of their location.

      “It’s much more effort, many of the intersections Uber chooses as a good Express pickup location are very dangerous, and there is no good spot to safely pull over and pick up the passenger,” Thad, a Boston driver who has been working on the Uber platform since September 2017, told Recode. “It’s more effort, more headache, more potential for complications and a bad rating over things the driver has no control of.”

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        RPaulson
        558 Driver
         3 years ago

        Couldn't have said it better myself. 

        Recode. “It’s more effort, more headache, more potential for complications and a bad rating over things the driver has no control of.”