If you’ve ever found yourself toggling between your Uber app and whichever app you use to route public transport options, here’s some good news: Uber has just launched a new public transport feature, allowing Sydney users to check whether they’re better off saving money and catching a 40-minute train, or dropping some cash for a 20-minute Uber ride.
You can find the info in the same spot where the usual Uber ride options are listed. Running in real time, it’ll show upcoming departures and prices, walking directions and estimates for when you’ll arrive at your destination.
Sydney is the first city in the Asia-Pacific region to score the feature, after it launched recently in Denver, Boston and London. It’ll appear for many users starting today, but if you don’t see it immediately, Uber says it should pop up within a few months.
“The reason for a gradual rollout is that this is a complex change to the app in Sydney, and we want to make sure we get it right,” an Uber spokesperson told Broadsheet.
“For many trips, it can be faster or cheaper to take public transport than any other form of travel, and we want to give our riders a seamless way to access that option right from our app,” said Kate Stannett, Head of Cities for Uber Australia and New Zealand, in a statement.
Uber’s public transport feature launches today, and will rollout over the next few months.