RIDE-SHARING service Uber is coming to Bathurst.
The company announced this morning that from December it would be launching its app in six new cities in regional NSW.
The company could not say at this stage when the app would be launched in Bathurst, but Orange, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Port Macquarie have also made the list.
Uber head of cities across Australia and New Zealand, Natalie Malligan, said the move would increase transport options in regional cities where there were limited alternatives to driving a private car.
“We’re excited to bring ride sharing to some of NSW’s regional areas, providing another safe and affordable option for locals to get around,” Ms Malligan said.
“This also presents a great opportunity for members of the community who want to sign up to earn some extra money, while maintaining flexibility.
“With Uber, you can choose to drive when it suits you, and we hope this will be a welcome option for many.
“In our experience in other cities, we expect the app will be busiest on weekends and during major events.”
More than 3.8 million Aussies use the Uber app regularly to share rides and the regional roll-out – totalling 15 cities right across Australia – will make Uber available to one million new potential users.
“With strong take-up of the Uber app in our existing markets, and ride-sharing reforms now in place in every Australian state and territory, we are looking forward to having a positive impact for the people who live, work and visit each of these regional communities,” Ms Malligan said.