Toronto to Pilot UberHop Service
Uber has been available in Toronto, Canada, since February 2012, but now the busy metropolis will host a new type of ridesharing program called UberHop. Think of it as a cross between a taxi and a bus, but with fewer germs and more hipsters.
UberHop will provide rides to Torontonians along pre-designated routes for a low flat fare of $5. The idea is that Uber drivers will make the same trip over and over again, and you will be ferried to your destination along with up to five other riders. As of right now, there are four routes, but more will likely be added as customers make suggestions to the ridesharing company.
In order to get a ride via UberHop, all you need to do is tap that option in your app (update it first if you haven’t done so). Request the route closest to you, and make your way to the pickup spot at the scheduled time. The Uber driver will then take you to the dropoff spot along with anyone else who requested that same route.
UberHop launched today in Toronto, offering free service for its first full week. Routes will be available weekdays from 7-10 am between four pickup spots (CityPlace, Distillery District, Fort York, and Liberty Village) and the Financial District. Then, the same routes will be offered in reverse on weekdays from 4:30-7:30 pm.
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