Using Uber's ride-pooling technology and 12 passenger buses that are already part of the city's public Link shuttle service, Link on Demand allows any person with the Uber app to get a ride from any of the locations within the Lone Tree city limits to another. The free Link on Demand ride service has been in partnership developed with Uber, has been testing for a couple weeks now, but they are ready to expand this past the testing to reach out to not only the community but visitors as well.
These free rides will be offered Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of the year. All users have to do is swipe through the app's ride options until they find Link on Demand. With this technology it matches with riders headed in the same direction for maximum efficiency and the drivers do the rest.
Mayor Jackie Millet expects most of the Link's use to be "micro-transit" meaning that most of the riders will be getting to their final destination from the light rail or commuters back to a light rail station. Millet also stated, "This partnership with Uber is the first of it's kind in the nation. I think for a community our size, this work is tremendous. Hopefully, what we are doing here is going to be able to be duplicated by other communities around the country." These shuttles are also handicap accessible as well as have bike racks, something that is not typically offered on a traditional Uber.
Uber officials are excited about this transit as well. Joe Sanfilippo, Uber's Denver-based senior operations manager says, "Not every city is going to have these resources, but I think that there are a lot of cities and a lot of government entities that have resources that are maybe underutilized or not being utilized in the best way possible and Uber has the technology to help them do that.
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