Uber launched in Red Deer

Uber, the ride-sharing app, has launched its service in Red Deer.

Starting at 12 p.m. Friday, Uber X went live in the city, becoming the fourth in Alberta to use the service. It is also available in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.

Ramit Kar, Uber Western Canada general manager, said the company was eyeing Red Deer for a long time.

“We are pleased to be launching in Red Deer to offer people safe and reliable transportation options when they need it.” he said. “Uber also provides flexible earning opportunities for local residents.

“We’ve seen thousands of people in Red Deer open up the app looking for a ride over the last few months. We’re expecting it’s going to be great.”


The company did not release how many drivers they have in the Red Deer area. However, Kar said now that the app has launched in Red Deer they expect interest in becoming an Uber driver to increase.

Through a phone app, passengers are connected to drivers. Rides are requested. Once the ride is completed, money isn’t exchanged in the vehicle, but a bill is acquired through the app and is paid regularly. Drivers can be tipped.

“We’ve tried to make it convenient, seamless and affordable as possible,” said Kar. “Generally speaking, in Red Deer you should be able to get a ride within a few minutes. You push a button and a car will arrive to you in a few minutes.”

Both drivers and passengers are rated out of five stars.

Uber has also partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada. Kar said there really is no reason for someone to drive while impaired.

“In cities where Uber operates in Canada, rush hour for ride-sharing is not first thing in the morning or at the end of the day when people are getting to and from work, but late at night when bars close. That is why we are pleased to see Uber coming to Red Deer to provide people with a safe ride option when they need it the most.” Andrew Murie, MADD Canada CEO.


Just Posted

Accused murderer’s story questioned

Jason Klaus spends day being cross-examined by lawyer for co-accused Joshua Frank

Red Deer Royals extend fundraising deadline for St. Joseph fieldhouse project

Fundraising chair says it’s a tough slog raising money in this economy

Red Deer seeks public input on coming changes to sign bylaw

A half-kilometre buffer zone could separate billboards in Red Deer under proposed… Continue reading

Innisfail man injured in home invasion

Police say the injury was non life-threatening

Credentials questioned man at Remembrance Day services

Veterans are crying foul after an alleged faker posed as a former… Continue reading

VIDEO: Red Deerians taste what the city has to offer

Red Deerians sampled some of the finest foods Central Alberta restaurants have… Continue reading

Volunteer with victim services in Red Deer

Learn more at info session on Nov. 27

Updated: Missing Sylvan Lake women found

Women were reported missing earlier this week

Liberals propose billions for affordable housing, including individual benefits

A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to… Continue reading

Alberta Party sees growth in Central Alberta

Greg Clark addressed health care needs addressed in Red Deer

Ponoka council freezes Ponoka Fire Department spending

All discretionary spending frozen until full budget numbers are presented

WATCH: Ponoka’s Festival of Trees sees continued support

Three days of celebration and fundraising held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month