Dec 14, 2015
By Jane Brown
The ride sharing service Uber is launching a new community service.
UberHop begins tomorrow (Tuesday) and offers up to five passengers, $5 flat rate rides on weekdays during rush hours on four specific routes.
The groups will travel in larger vehicles such as SUV’s and minivans and will leave from the same spot on a fixed route.
Uber Canada’s general manager Ian Black says “there is a huge interest in people needing simpler and lower cost commutes.” And he points out “there are many routes that aren’t served by transit.”
This past summer, UberPool ran as a pilot project during the Pan Am Games when a driver could pick up two different ride requests heading on a similar route.
But UberHop is said to look more like a small scale transit service.
It will offer rides between Liberty Village and the financial district, Fort York and the financial district, City Place and the financial district and the Distillery District and the financial district from 7am to 10am and between 4:30 and 7:30 in the evening.