Uber Express POOL Is Bringing a Less Expensive Option to These 8 Cities

Friends on the move looking for car pooling in New York City, USA.
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If you live in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, or  Washington, D.C., you could save a nice chunk of change on your next Uber ride.

Uber Express POOL passengers have to walk a few blocks to get picked up for their ride, but the company says riders could save as much as 30% off their total bill.

There’s one other catch, though, so if you’re an introvert, this new ride option might not be for you.

Uber Express POOL passengers share the car with other riders to allow drivers to ferry several people to the same general location at once.

Drivers can work more efficiently and passengers save money so it’s really a win-win situation

If you’re cool with sharing your ride with other people and live in a city where this option is offered, simply fire up the app and select Express POOL.

Within a few minutes, you’ll get walking directions on where to meet your driver and details on what time to arrive for your pickup.

As you get close to the end of the ride, the app will notify you where you’ll be dropped off and give you walking directions to get you to your destination address.

Uber Express POOL seems like a terrific alternative to crowded busses and trains. It’s also a less expensive travel option than single-rider taxis in areas where public transportation is limited.

And who doesn’t like to save up to 30% off, well, anything?

My colleague here at The Penny Hoarder, Staff Writer Nicole Dow, brought up another great point about the benefits of Uber Express POOL. She mentioned some passengers might prefer having co-riders in the car rather than riding alone with a driver they’ve never met.

Don’t fret if Uber Express POOL isn’t available where you are.

“This is just the start: we’ll be bringing Express POOL to more cities soon!” Ethan Stock, Product Director, Shared Rides at Uber said in a blog post.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves the idea of tacking on a little exercise before and after a ride-share.