Uber Improves Public Transportation in New Jersey

As we approach our one year anniversary of being in the Garden State, we’re taking a step back to reflect on this amazing ride. Since our launch in late 2013, more residents than ever are using Uber.

This past year, we’ve been working to make Uber the most reliable way to get around. In places previously difficult to get a ride, or at moments when transportation can be hard to come by—like closing time at bars, when safe rides are crucial in preventing DUIs—the Uber platform allows for safe and reliable rides, supporting and extending New Jersey’s public transportation system.

We enable this in two key ways:

  1. Gaps in public transportation become hubs for Uber. We go where bus and rail routes don’t run.
  2. We complement public transit, making it easy for people to take advantage of existing public infrastructure.


We’re not ubiquitous in New Jersey yet, but we’re getting there. Uber is now regularly used in most major metropolitan areas in New Jersey:

People can safely get to more places in less time than ever before.

The average wait time for an Uber in New Jersey is less than 5 minutes.

As we grow, we’re expanding transportation options to people in places who didn’t have alternatives otherwise. By matching supply and demand, we connect riders to drivers in the areas where people need them most. Many of these locations lie outside the range of public transportation including NJ Transit and SEPTA.


In addition to moving people in places previously difficult to get a ride, Uber connects people to public transportation. This allows for residents to rely on quicker and easier access to the existing public infrastructure every day.

To gauge how people have incorporated Uber in their daily commutes, we looked at trips starting or ending within 1/8th of a mile of a rail station in New Jersey. What did we find? In October 2014:

Trips near rail stations accounted for 23% of Uber trips that started and/or ended in New Jersey.

That’s nearly 1 in 4 New Jersey Uber trips. We can view this visually in northern New Jersey—home to about 4 in 5 of the NJ Transit and PATH stops in the state:

Uber New Jersey trips near rail stations on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Uber New Jersey trips near rail stations, October 2014

By lowering the physical barriers of travel through technology, people and places in New Jersey become closer without the downsides of added traffic and congestion typically resulting from single occupancy vehicles.

With rates cheaper than taxis, economic barriers of a ride available anywhere slowly diminish, meaning fewer people need to own cars—and those who can’t afford a car can still count on a reliable ride when they need one.

We’ve come a long way in under a year. As we conclude 2014, we will continue to work hard to provide greater access and availability across New Jersey, that riders and drivers can count on for years to come.

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