US Uber app users can purchase bus tickets in app

Uber app users in Denver and now Las Vegas can purchase bus tickets in the Uber app.
Uber app users in Denver and now Las Vegas can purchase bus tickets in the Uber app. Photo credit: Newshub

Ride-sharing giant Uber is expanding its reach into public transport in two US cities.

Uber app users in Denver and now Las Vegas can now pay for their bus ride via the company's app.

Instead of operating its own fleet of buses, Uber has partnered with local transport agencies to offer its app users real-time public transport information.

In the Uber app, users enter their destination to see price estimates and projected arrival times for both public transit and regular Uber car rides in one spot. From there, public transportation directions are given and tickets can be purchased.

Uber's global head of transport David Reich told Newshub they want Uber to become the operating system for your life.

"How can we get you to wherever you need to go, using any mode of transportation that it takes to get you there?"

Uber has public transit journey planning in 15 cities around the world, including Sydney, where you can see nearby transportation stops and real-time departure information in the Uber app.

Reich said he hopes it will come to New Zealand in the not-too-distant future.

"I'm a big fan of the region, but it is one step at a time as we work with local transit agencies and on the technology-side as we bring these innovations to market."

An Uber spokesperson added they're working hard to push for Uber Transit across the Asia-Pacific region in the near future.

Auckland Transport confirmed this isn't something Uber has discussed with them.

Uber wouldn't say how it would make money from incorporating public transport into its app, preferring to describe it as a long-term plan.

"It's really a gamble we're taking. We are thinking about what is the best way to develop a long term relationship with our riders," Reichs said.

Along with Uber Transit, the company also operates Uber Eats, and there are talks of bringing supermarket deliveries to the app.