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Denver travellers in Uber transit ticket world-first

Users of the ride-hailing app in the US city are able to buy Regional Transportation District tickets through the app and then use their phone to ride rail and bus services.

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The app makes it easier for Denver riders to plan and pay for trips from start to finish
The app makes it easier for Denver riders to plan and pay for trips from start to finish

Bus and train passengers in Denver, Colorado, will be the first in the world able to purchase tickets and ride transit using the Uber app.

 

The city’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), Uber and Masabi have partnered to launch the first ever Uber transit ticketing programme.

 

Staggered roll-out

 

Following a staggered roll-out over the next few weeks, all Uber riders in the Denver metro region will be able to buy RTD tickets through the Uber app and then use their phone to ride rail and bus services.

 

“For the first time ever, taking an Uber trip can mean taking public transit,” said David Reich, head of transit at Uber.

 

“We are excited to expand our collaboration with RTD and Masabi to make Denver the first city in the world where riders can purchase transit tickets and ride public transit seamlessly through the Uber app. 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.”

 

RTD said the collaboration aligns with its plan to provide more integrated mobility options by working with leaders in the public and private sectors. As the transit agency celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has announced a comprehensive look at its entire service network.

 

This includes new and emerging mobility options – to determine the future transportation needs of the growing region.

"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”

Purchasing transit tickets via Uber will cost the same amount as through existing options.

 

Transit ticketing has been enabled using London-based technology company Masabi’s Justride SDK, a mobile ticketing software development kit (SDK) for public transportation.

 

Upon selecting the ‘transit’ option, riders will be able to purchase tickets on all available transit options while also having access to real-time schedules and walking directions to and from transit stations.

 

Uber’s menu bar will let users purchase and redeem a range of tickets available on RTD services, including three-hour, day and monthly passes. Users activate tickets, which are stored in the “transit tickets” section of the Uber app, when boarding transit services. Once purchased, tickets are available even when riders are offline.

 

“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,” added Dave Genova CEO and general manager, RTD.

 

“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.”

 

Regional Transportation District agency develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the needs of close to three million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver metro region.

 

The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide approximately 100 million annual passenger trips.

 

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