Uber customers in Las Vegas now have the option to purchase bus tickets inside the app, the ride-hailing giant announced Monday.
It’s the second city where Uber Transit is available, after it first launched in Denver in 2019, and is a partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).
After entering a destination, Uber will show riders a transit option — including route planning and real-time scheduling — in addition to the usual Uber X, XL and other car rides. If selected, riders can then buy tickets directly in the Uber app for the same cost as purchasing them anywhere else.
It’s all part of Uber’s question to be a one-stop-shop for getting anywhere you want, or getting anything you want delivered to you. So far this includes everything from helicopters to food deliveries, and executives have said publicly that this could soon expand to even more offerings around the world.
There’s no word on what cities could be next for Uber Transit, though the division’s head hinted last year that “dozens” of options were on the table.
“We’ve been meeting with dozens of transit agencies and hundreds of transit riders all around the world to understand what their needs are and how Uber can make a positive impact on how they use public transportation,” David Reich said in an a January 2019 interview.
That’s likely welcome news for public transit agencies around the world, many of which have blamed ride-hailing services like Uber for a decline in ridership. In many cases, there’s data to back up their claims.
“Creating a seamless experience for our residents and visitors to move easily and conveniently among multiple modes of transportation is the future of public transit, and we’re proud to be one of the first agencies to embrace it,” M.J. Maynard, head of Nevada’s RTC, said in a press release.
“Uber’s innovative thought leadership has completely transformed the transportation landscape by upending our traditional notions of public transit.”
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