UberPOOL expands reach into Greater Boston

Expanded UberPOOL territory around Boston.
Expanded UberPOOL territory around Boston.

Uber is targeting budget-conscious riders by expanding its cheaper UberPOOL carpooling service to more communities outside Boston.

The ride-hailing company said today its extended service area will stretch beyond the city limits, with customers in a total of 14 neighborhoods in and around the city now eligible for the service. UberPOOL works by pairing riders with similar destinations to share the ride and split the tab.

UberPOOL was launched locally in August with limited service in Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge. It will now be available in nine additional neighborhoods: East Boston, Everett, Malden, Mattapan, Medford, Quincy, Revere, Roslindale, and Winthrop.

San Francisco-based Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, launched their own carpooling service Lyft Line in Boston nearly two months after UberPOOL made its debut. Lyft claims LyftLine saves customers 15 to 20 percent per ride, and has been available throughout Greater Boston since it was first introduced in October.

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