Uber Revives Shared Rides With UberX Share in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago

From CNET: For people using Uber in some major US cities, their next ride might be one they take with strangers.

The ride-hailing giant on Tuesday said it's expanding its new ride-sharing program, UberX Share. The new feature, which pairs riders heading in similar routes, is now available in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Portland-Oregon, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. UberX Share will expand across more cities this summer, according to a blog post from Uber.

When people choose to share their ride through UberX Share, they'll receive an upfront discount along with 20% off the total fare if they are matched with another rider.

To avoid prolonged rides and delays, UberX Share will match riders going in the same direction. The new feature is designed with punctuation in mind: Uber said riders who use the sharing feature will arrive no more than eight minutes later than an UberX ride.

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