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How do Lyft Shared Saver and Uber Express Pool work? | Autoblog

It’s no coincidence that Lyft is now offering the Shared Saver and Uber the Express Pool options — both are rooted in consumers’ willingness to risk a little convenience — and shoe leather — for a more affordable ride. And the offerings take a page from the successful startup Via Transportation, which is trying to muscle into territory the two Big Guns have had mostly to themselves.

With both Shared Saver, debuting in February, and Express Pool (which launched first, last June), riders share the car and have to walk (at most, a few blocks) to a designated pickup point, and get dropped off similarly short of their destination. Both Express Pool and Shared Saver can be half the price of the next-cheapest rides.

Shared Saver is only for parties of one or two (no groups), and it doesn’t allow for stop-offs along the way to your destination. Lyft says pickup locations will never be more than a five-minute walk. Drivers, however, will only wait one minute. It’s initially offered only in Denver, Colo., and San Jose, Calif. (with more cities coming). So if you use it, you’d really better know the way to San Jose, or at least the way around its streets.

Uber’s Express Pool isn’t available everywhere; in fact, it’s in fewer cities than Uber Pool. Check the app. Pickups and drop-offs are at designated express spots. Uber cautions that riders will wait a bit longer for their car to arrive — because the driver will be looking for other fares en route. And as with Shared Saver you have only a minute (compared to two minutes for more expensive Uber rides) to cancel before being charged a $5 fee. Express drivers also have to wait only two minutes before declaring you a no-show.

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How do Lyft Shared Saver and Uber Express Pool work? – Autoblog.