Spare and Uber team up to grow transit on-demand transit platforms

June 5, 2023
Spare's cloud-based on-demand transit platform will be paired with Uber's driver network and has already made a difference in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) networks.

Spare and Uber have formed a partnership that integrates Spare's cloud-based on-demand transit platform with Uber's extensive driver network, enabling transit agencies to expand microtransit and paratransit services using Uber's network. Large-scale deployments have already been successfully launched in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), proving the effectiveness of this partnership. 

"This is a significant milestone in our mission to make transportation more accessible," said Spare CEO Kristoffer Vik Hansen. "Our partnership with Uber has made it possible for more people to access public transportation services. We're thrilled to see the positive impact our combined efforts have had at PSTA and DART."

The incorporation of Uber into Spare's platform, facilitated by Spare Open Fleets™ technology, provides transit agencies with real-time monitoring capabilities and a single view of their entire fleet. The partnership will allow transit agencies to effectively and efficiently handle both peak and traditionally challenging off-peak hours.

"Together, Uber and Spare are driving change and helping to shape a more accessible future for all riders," said General Manager of Uber Transit Jen Shepherd. "Our collaboration with Spare has already achieved substantial results. PSTA has further strengthened its command of paratransit operations while DART has significantly expanded its microtransit capacity."

At PSTA, the partnership has enabled the launch of the PSTA Mobility on Demand (MOD) service within the Spare platform. With PSTA MOD, ADA-eligible riders can now book on-demand rides whenever and wherever they need them. 

At DART, the partnership has provided them with the capacity to significantly expand the operational hours of its on-demand microtransit service, GoLink. Now, GoLink is available from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, in over 30 zones, delivering over 2,000 rides per day.  

By integrating Uber into their services through Spare, transit agencies can significantly reduce operational costs. The Spare-Uber partnership aims to optimize resource utilization while ensuring transit agencies can meet the rising demand for services.