Ride-sharing App Uber has just launched a new service in Toronto called UberHop, offering a new transit alternative for 9-5 commuters.
UberHOP works as a carpooling service: for a $5 flat-rate, users share a ride in an uberXL or UberSUV through popular routes during peak hours. The new service will be available between 7am-10am with routes from CityPlace, Distillery District, Fort York and Liberty Village to the Financial District. For after work hours between 4:30pm-7:30pm, users can ride from the Financial District back to any of the previously mentioned locations.
When an UberHOP is requested, users will be prompted to meet up with the car and other riders at a specified location, rather than a car picking them up individually. “We don’t want to disturb traffic, and we want it to be safe to get in and out of the vehicle,” said Uber Canada’s GM Ian Black.
Once requested, a countdown clock will appear, usually within a 5-10 minute arrival. If you don’t make it to the spot on time however, the car will leave without you.
Black commented that the company is considering adding new routes in dense areas like Scarborough and Regent park to downtown. As well they might look into specified routes for popular concert events. Rather than taking a taxi to a venue like the Air Canada Center, UberHOP could implement the service temporarily to offer convenience and cut down on traffic to dense areas.
This comes just a couple days after Toronto Taxis shut down part of the Toronto core in protest of Uber’s presence in the city.
If you want to give UberHOP a try, the service is being offered for free this week, starting Tuesday December 15th.
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