Starting early next week, New York Uber users will have a brand-new option for using the popular car service that could reduce fares by up to 50 percent.
UberPool, which launched in Paris and San Francisco earlier this year, allows riders traveling on similar routes to share a ride and split the fare. According to the company, that could mean fares as low as $7.50 from Williamsburg to the East Village and $10 from Nolita to Lincoln Center. For fifteen minutes or so of small talk, you could do worse!
After testing out the new service in San Francisco, Uber reports that a stranger pick-up adds an average of five minutes onto a regular trip. (Unless you and that stranger really hit it off and those five minutes become a lifetime.) The fare is split depending on how long you share the car and how far you travel.
Not an Uber fan but dying to have that urban carpool experience? Many of the company's car-sharing rivals in New York are also currently pursuing similar programs, including Lyft Line and Sidecar Shared Rides.