Introducing uberPOOL: Share your ride and reduce emissions in New Jersey

Travel delays due to traffic congestion have caused U.S. drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours—42 hours per rush-hour commuter.1 This kind of congestion is bad for productivity, especially in places like New Jersey where 1 in 7 commuters travel an hour or more for work,2 and the resulting pollution undermines everyone’s quality of life.

This is why we’re excited to launch our uberPOOL service in Hudson County and Newark Airport beginning Monday, April 11. uberPOOL enables people going to the same place at the same time to share the journey. It’s all about getting more butts into fewer cars. This means fares are up to 25% less than uberX* for passengers and less congestion over time.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose the uberX option in the app. Enter your pickup location and destination as well as how many seats you will need.
  2. Request POOL to share your ride—your fare will be up to 25% less than uberX and guaranteed upfront.
  3. You’ll see your driver’s details straight away—name, photo and the details of the car. As with uberX, all drivers must undergo a screening process before they can use the Uber app.
  4. uberPOOL will then match you with another passenger heading in the same direction:
    • That passenger will either be in the car at the start of your trip, in which case you’ll see their name in advance; or
    • Your driver will pick them up along the way, in which case Uber will notify you via the app.
  5. Whether you’re first or second into the car, we’ll ensure that you’re never taken more than a few minutes out of your way.
  6. At the end of your trip your credit card will be charged just like normal.

Since uberPOOL was launched in San Francisco in September 2014, it has expanded to cities around the world, including: Austin, Bangalore, Boston, Chengdu, Chicago, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

uberPOOL—cheaper rides for passengers and less congestion in New Jersey

“uberPOOL gives people an easy and affordable way to share a trip when they’re going in the same direction,” said Ana Mahony, General Manager for Uber New Jersey. “Carpooling at the push of a button means cheaper rides for passengers and, over time, less congestion on our streets. In one week alone, shared uberPOOL trips in New York City eliminated 60,000 miles of car travel.”

uberPOOL is a proven model. In Los Angeles, for example, uberPOOL now accounts for over 30 percent of our trips in the city. In its first eight months there passengers did over five million POOL trips—cutting the number of miles driven across town by 7.9 million and carbon dioxide pollution by 1,400 metric tons.

And, in San Francisco, uberPOOL now makes up nearly half of Uber’s trips in the city. In one month alone, the service saved 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions when compared with non-pooled trips, the equivalent to the output of over 128,000 pounds of coal.

Here’s how uberPOOL benefits New Jersey:

Cheaper rides for passengers: uberPOOL is more affordable—fares are up to 25% less than uberX—because the cost of the trip is shared. The fare per trip is always less than uberX, regardless of whether you’re paired.

Less congestion: uberPOOL is a convenient way for people going in the same direction at the same time to share the journey. This helps cut congestion and pollution. And because uberPOOL is cheap and easy to use, over time it offers a credible alternative to car ownership. If you can press a button and get an affordable ride across town within minutes at any time of day or night, why bother to own a car at all?

Less time between trips for drivers: uberPOOL means less idle time between paying trips for drivers. It also means more demand overall because as the cost of a trip falls more people use the service—which means more rides for drivers.

uberPOOL will be initially available for rides beginning in Hudson County and Newark Airport.

Have more uberPOOL questions? Visit our FAQ page.

*Currently uberPOOL fares are 25% cheaper than uberX.

1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Urban Mobility Scorecard Press Release

2., N.J. drivers have second-highest rate of ‘mega commutes,’ Census reveals

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