Denver Uber’s  transit  offering  just  went  live  in  Denver

Denver Uber’s transit offering just went live in Denver

By Anne Rowe for DPS board, February 1, 2019

Denver Uber, after revealing its objectives to get into public transit last April, is prepared to launch in Denver. In partnership with the Regional Transportation District and transit data supplier Moovit, citizens of Denver will now be able to browse public transport within the Uber app. For transit, Uber is serving 2 sets of consumers: companies and riders. For both sets, Uber is intending to increase performance, improve the experience and boost equity and ease of access, Uber Head of Transit David Reich told TechCrunch over the phone. At first, the capability to purchase tickets via the Uber app won’t be available, but it’s on the horizon. The in-app ticketing part, in collaboration with Masabi, will be available in the coming weeks, Reich said. “You’ll have that full end-to-end experience,” Reich stated. “We’re attempting to take the stress out of traveling so you don’t have to worry about waiting in line [for a ticket] and missing the train.” While Uber is just launching this in Denver today, Masabi manages ticketing for 30 transport firms worldwide, consisting of Los Angeles’ Metrolink, New York’s MTA, London’s Thames Clippers and Boston’s MBTA. Uber also has relationships with a number of cities currently, Reich stated. “We’ve been speaking with dozens of transit companies around the world,” he said. “Denver was very innovative, really future-thinking and was a terrific city to partner with.” Moving forward, Reich says to expect to see Transit launch in more cities in the coming months. This is all part of Uber’s new efforts, under the leadership of CEO D ara Khosrowshahi, to become a mulit-modal transport service provider. In April, when Khosrowshahi very first announced Transit, he stated, “Whether you’re utilizing mass transit for your early morning commute, taking an e-bike for a mid-day meeting, utilizing Swimming pool to take a ride house or renting a car for the weekend, we want Uber to be there with you and we desire to partner with cities to be part of our option moving forward.”