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

Construction underway at Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Red Deer

The new building is twice the size of the old one

Fish for free

No license is required to ice fish on Family Day weekend

Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer rings in the Chinese New Year

A couple hundred fill Festival Holiday to ring in the Year of the Dog

WATCH: From humble beginnings Red Deer-based wrestling promotion is growing

It wasn’t that long ago that Dylon Featherstone and the Canadian Wrestling… Continue reading

WATCH Replay Red Deer Feb. 18: Your weekly news highlights

Watch news from Red Deer and Central Alberta

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect… Continue reading

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

WATCH: Polar dippers brave icy water to raise money for Sylvan Lake charities

The water may have been cold, but the amount of money raised… Continue reading

WATCH: Cat yoga — the purr-fect de-stresser, says Red Deer-area cafe owner

Felines and humans stretch together each month at Alley Cat Cafe

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