UberPool has been in beta testing in Toronto since last year, when it made its debuts during the Pan-Am Games in the city. Since then the service has expanded through the city and has become a popular addition for ride-sharing giant Uber. The company has now announced that there is a new flat rate fee of $6 for rides during the rush hour.
The flat fare has been debuted in the following areas for the time being:
Yonge and Eg to Financial District
Parkdale to Distillery District
East York to Junction
Annex to Union Station
UberPool is a sharing service that allows up to four people (two per fare) share a vehicle that happens to be going in the same direction as them.
The uberPOOL service builds on the UberX ride sharing model, allowing customers to spread the cost of a ride by pooling with other riders going on the same route. UberX works more like a traditional taxi service, shuttling one or a group of passengers with the same destination. UberPOOL works by letting customers who would otherwise not know each other pool together on the same route to spread cost, making it as much as 30 per cent more affordable than UberX.
“Our vision for uberPOOL is simple,” the statement said. “We want to reduce the number of cars on the road, while providing Torontonians with transportation that’s more affordable than ever. When two people share their ride, that’s one less car on the road and a cheaper fare for both riders.”
The service will be available between Jane Street and Victoria Park Avenue up to Highway 401, including the Yonge corridor north of the 401 to Finch Avenue between Bathurst Street and Bayview Avenue. Uber says that the service will cost $4 for a minimum fare, with up to two occupants allowed along the same route. If a second passenger joins the route they pay a minimum extra $1, but if no extra passenger arrives, the original occupant who selected the service will get a solo ride at the reduced uberPOOL price.