News & Opinion | May 3, 2019 9:56 am

Denver Public Transit App Allows Riders to Book Via Uber

The point is to get more people to use public transportation

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A new feature within the Uber app now allows people in Denver to plan trips that include multiple modes of transportation — like integrating a cab, train or bus into their route.

“For the first time ever, taking an Uber trip can mean taking public transit,” David Reich, Uber’s head of transit, said in a statement. “With this step, we are moving closer to making Uber’s platform a one-stop shop for transportation access, from shared rides to buses and bikes.”

The public transit tickets will cost riders the same within the app as they would through any other method of purchasing, Curbed reported. All people in Denver have to do is select “Transit” as their method of transportation and then choose from the real-time information uploaded by the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD).

The new service is ready to go today thanks to an Uber collaboration with mobile ticketing service Masabi, which began last year. The goal of the new integration is to get more people to take public transportation and to use Uber more as a last-minute alternative.

“This exciting next phase of RTD’s collaboration with Uber is yet another way our transit agency is leading the dialogue about mobility strategy, not just for the Denver metro region but for cities across the globe,” RTD CEO and general manager Dave Genova said in a statement. “This project broadens our reach and stays at pace with the public’s needs, allowing people to plan and pay for trips from start to finish.”