Uber adds Denver public transit, with payments to come

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Often considered a rival to mass transit, Uber is inching closer to public transportation by embedding Denver's system for routes within its app, with the capability to purchase and use tickets coming soon.

Users can now find public transportation routes for Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Uber's app and the ride-sharing company plans to begin working with other U.S. transit agencies on similar features, Uber said in a Thursday press release.

In Denver, when riders in participating cities enter their destination, a “Transit” option will appear with real-time departure options for public transportation using technology from Moovit. The move could expand Uber’s overall usage in areas where public transit stations are far-flung.

The new feature is built into the app alongside Uber’s core feature for ordering and paying for rides and applying for and managing the Barclays Uber Visa card within the app.

“As we move towards our vision of becoming a one-stop shop for transportation in your city, our riders need the right option available at their fingertips for every trip,” Uber said in the release.

“Our customers want their trips to be as seamless as possible, and a collaboration like this one allows them to plan for travel from end to end, including additional first mile and last mile options,” said David Genova, CEO and general manager at RTD, in the release.

Uber already has some operations with other public transit agencies, including Boston’s MTBA, where it supports public paratransit services, and in Nice, France, Uber supports a late-night connecting service to all rail lines. Other cities, such as Los Angeles, are testing their own ride-sharing apps to transport commuters to transit stations.

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