Uber is making it easier for suburban commuters to schedule rides to the train station with its new feature “Make My Train”
According to report the feature named “Make My Train” which rolled out yesterday was launched at the two of the largest commuter rail systems in the country: the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in New York and Caltrain in San Francisco Bay Area.
For those that do not know how the “Make My Train” works, here is a little information about it. When you enter a train station as your destination on the app, you will automatically see a train schedule at that station. You will then have to select the train you want to make based on Uber’s real-time transit data.
Riders then choose when they will like to arrive at the station, and Uber’s algorithm spits out a suggested time to schedule their ride.
This is seen as Uber’s efforts to get into cities, towns, and transit agencies to support cheaper rides for commuters. Using ride-hailing service to connect commuters to transit according to the company is a way to improve first and last trips and to allow towns to redevelop parking lots near commuter train stations.
Last year, the company announced that it will begin to sell train and bus tickets via the uber app for its customers in Denver, Colorado. Since then, the company has incorporated public transportation schedules and directions into its app for over a dozen other cities. Less than a year later, Uber says that “over 2 million riders” have tried Uber Transit.