Press Release: Spare and Uber Partner to Enhance Public Transit
We're delighted to announce the news of our transformative alliance with Uber. Thanks to the integration of Uber into Spare’s on-demand transit platform, transit agencies can leverage Uber’s vast network of drivers.
VANCOUVER and SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2023 - Spare and Uber, industry leaders in transportation, announce a transformative partnership that integrates Spare's cloud-based on-demand transit platform with Uber's extensive driver network. This collaboration empowers transit agencies to enhance microtransit and paratransit services using Uber's network. Large-scale deployments have already been successfully launched in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), proving the effectiveness of this partnership.
"This is a significant milestone in our mission to make transportation more accessible," Spare's CEO, Kristoffer Vik Hansen, said. “Our partnership with Uber has made it possible for more people to access public transportation services. We're thrilled to see the positive impact our combined efforts have had at PSTA and DART."
“Together, Uber and Spare are driving change and helping to shape a more accessible future for all riders,” General Manager of Uber Transit, Jen Shepherd, said. "Our collaboration with Spare has already achieved substantial results. PSTA has further strengthened its command of paratransit operations, while DART has significantly expanded its microtransit capacity.”
At PSTA, the partnership has enabled the launch of the PSTA Mobility on Demand (MOD) service within the Spare platform. With PSTA MOD, ADA-eligible riders can now book on-demand rides whenever and wherever they need them.
We are changing people's lives by providing them with greater mobility and independence. This collaboration has introduced a new dynamism to our transit services. Leveraging Uber's network and Spare's groundbreaking platform has enabled us to provide more convenient and flexible transportation options for our riders.
At DART, the partnership has provided them with the capacity to significantly expand the operational hours of its award-winning on-demand microtransit service, GoLink. Now, GoLink is available from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, in over 30 zones, delivering over 2,000 rides per day.
“Our partnership with Uber and Spare has proven to be a game-changer for the agency’s continued efforts to increase microtransit service across North Texas,” said Nadine Lee, President & CEO of DART. “We’ve witnessed firsthand the increased capacity and effectiveness of our GoLink service. The synergy between these two great companies offers a promising glimpse into future opportunities for public transportation agencies.”
By integrating Uber into their services through Spare, transit agencies can significantly reduce operational costs. This strategic move eliminates the need for hefty investments in additional fleets to increase capacity, thereby delivering more cost-effective transportation solutions. The Spare-Uber partnership effectively optimizes resource utilization while ensuring transit agencies can meet the rising demand for services.