Uber offers carpooling service as solution to metro traffic

  • Transport network platform Uber introduces a carpooling option for Metro Manila users
  • UberPool allows commuters heading to the same direction to share an Uber ride
  • Users will enjoy up to a 25 percent discount per ride if they avail of the UberPool service

Multinational transport network platform Uber is introducing a new service that the company believes will ease the perennial traffic congestion in Metro Manila – carpooling.

In an article written by Emmie Abadilla for Manila Bulletin on June 19, 2016, it was disclosed that Uber Philippines recently launched UberPool, which is a ridesharing option that matches commuters coming from the same area and heading in the same direction, and booking them all together in the same ride for a lower fee.

“UberPOOL allows you to share your ride to get a discount of up to 25 percent, while getting cars off the road. It’s the future of transportation,” Uber said on its official website.

According to the company, the new feature is expected to add a few minutes to a passenger’s regular Uber trip since the driver will have to pick up more passengers, but it assures the public that such an option guarantees a cheaper fare.

However, if in case the driver is unable to pick up other commuters along the route, Uber assures that the lone passenger is still entitled to pay the discounted UberPool rate.

“Whether or not you’re matched with other rides, you’ll still pay up to 25% less,” Uber said.

Based on data released by the national government, a regular Filipino commuter spends an average of 1,000 hours or 42 days per year sitting in a vehicle experiencing heavy traffic.

Such situations bring about a total economic loss of P2.4 billion per day, which is still expected to reach a peak of P6 billion by the year 2030.