Uber rides back to Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

Ride-hailing app Uber has resumed carpooling in several Canadian cities after a nearly three-year hiatus.

As of Wednesday, drivers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver can choose “UberX Share” rides and get up to 20% off when sharing a vehicle with another passenger traveling in the same direction.

“We know affordability plays a role when people make decisions about how to get from point A to point B,” said Michael van Hemmen, general manager of mobility for Uber Canada. This new joint will deliver a more sustainable and affordable experience for riders and the cities we serve.”

Drivers on the platform will also receive a $1 pickup offer when picking up a second driver, the company also announced.

In March 2020, Uber halted its carpooling service, then known as “UberPool,” due to concerns about COVID-19. The company brought pooling trips back in June in several US cities.

Unlike UberPool, which allows up to four passengers to three destinations in the same care, UberX Share vehicles will only carry up to two passengers. Additionally, only solo travelers are allowed to request UberX Share rides.

Lyft also paused pooled rides in March 2020, and they are still unavailable to Lyft users in Canada. However, in May, the company announced it would be rolling out Lyft Shared rides in select US cities, with plans to expand to more cities in the future.

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