Uber has introduced a transit pass for 13 general transport providers that will be available to customers in Ohio and Kentucky. This arrangement will allow travellers to book and get their travel documents via the taxi’s app.
This new development had in the past been accessible to residents of Denver and Las Vegas but now is set to expand to the above counties. In collaboration with Masabi a leading automated fare collection agency and NEORide, a consortium of 7 Ohio based transit agencies they have rolled out the service which will be extended to several states and transport agencies.
According to Ben Capelle the Board President of NEORide as well as CEO of Laketran, availing the option for public transit on the Uber app will enable people who may not necessarily use public transport to appreciate how budget-friendly and uncomplicated the process can be. He further adds that through this collaboration Uber customers will be made aware of local transport systems they may have not known to exist. Furthermore, the development makes the use of public transit systems easily available and accessible to the masses.
The 13 transport providing agencies that have been signed up for this plan include:
- Cincinnati Bell Connector previously named Cincinnati Streetcar
- Laketran, the 3rd largest Transit System in North East Ohio
- Lancaster – Fairfield Public Transit
- Medina County Public Transit
- Metro Regional Transit Authority
- Portage Area Regional Transport Authority
- Sandusky Transit serving Erie County serving Portage County
- Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Stark County
- Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority serving the Lucas County
- Worcester Regional Transit Authority covering Mahoning County
- Butler County Regional Transport Authority
- Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Hamilton County
- Transit Authority on Northern Kentucky
The latest development provides Uber customers with an option of ‘Transit’ on their app once they enter their destination. This in turn allows for on-spot planning and direction guidance. Upon choosing their route, the customer can go ahead to buy a ticket with their current payment plan at a cost similar to what other existing vendors are giving.
The purchased tickets are available on the Uber app and when a customer needs to use them for travel, they don’t need to have a mobile data connection to access them. For contactless boarding, visual and barcode authentication is employed.