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Canadian officials pleased with Uber as public transit partnership

Posted on August 14, 2017

Innisfil, Canada — Initial numbers of a partnership with Uber to provide subsidized citywide transportation instead of starting a public bus route is indeed saving the City money, however Uber will not comment on whether the partnership is financially sustainable for the company, Motherboard reports.

The idea behind the initiative was that subsidizing Uber rides would be cheaper for the city than starting up its own public transit solution. In Innisfil, Uber charges passengers fixed fares for visiting certain locations like the rec center or town hall, which range from $3 to $5.

According to a memo shared with Motherboard, the city spent around $26,500 subsidizing roughly 4,800 rides in May and June. The start-up cost for a single bus line, by comparison, was estimated to be upwards of $200,000. Uber would not comment on the record if it is making a profit off the partnership. For the full story, click here.

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