Not content with angering the taxi industry in Toronto, Uber has decided to take on bigger fish.
Starting Tuesday, Uber will offer a new commuter service in the city called UberHop. The service allows SUVs and minivans to pick up to five passengers from one spot on a fixed route.
The flat rate is $5 on weekdays during rush hour. Uber claims there are many routes in Toronto that aren’t serviced by the TTC.
Rides will be offered from 7 – 10 am and 4:30 – 7:30 pm on weekdays. Routes include Liberty Village to the Financial District, Fort York to the Financial District, CityPlace to the Financial District, and the Distillery District to the Financial District.
Uber’s Ian Black thinks this service could be expanded to other commuting routes.
But won’t this cause a problem with the TTC? Last year, a private bus service called the Liberty Village Express had a brief run, offering direct rides to the downtown core for $25 a week.
The TTC has a legal monopoly on transit in the city, thanks to rules outlined by the City of Toronto Act. Corporations are not allowed to collect a fee for transportation, unless they are a tour or charter bus, which is what some condo buildings offer.
Do you think the city should shut this service down, or is it about time somebody offered another transit option in Toronto?