Starting on October 6, Uber plans to expand its ride availability to 39 additional counties throughout Illinois. With the expansion, the company will be able to offer Illinois residents access to reliable and affordable transportation options.
In addition to greater availability for riders, prospective drivers will have the ability to flexibly earn extra money. While it’s unclear how many new drivers there’s the potential to add to Uber in Illinois, the significant expansion will likely allow for many—especially in more urban and suburban counties.
Uber’s expansion, which covers much of northwest and south Illinois, includes the following counties:
- Jo Daviess
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber is continuing to focus on mitigation efforts, as well as the health and safety of its drivers and riders. This includes providing sanitation products, dividers in vehicles, and mask verification.
In response to the expansion, Uber released the following statement: “We are thrilled to make Uber available throughout the state of Illinois. Whether you need an affordable ride to the grocery store or are looking to earn extra money on your own schedule, all Illinoisians will now have access to the Uber platform. We know these are uncertain times and over the last few months, our tech and safety teams have been hard at work building new product features that help protect everyone, every time they use Uber.”
Prior to this expansion, Uber primarily focused its business in heavily populated urban areas like Chicago. In addition to the expansion, Uber’s CEO has discussed the company’s goal to reduce the environmental impact of ridesharing, starting with four key actions.
First, there are plans to expand Uber Green to make it easier for riders to choose to travel in hybrids or electric vehicles. Uber is also committing $800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to electric vehicles by 2025. In addition to that, Uber is investing in its multimodal network to promote sustainability alternatives to personal cars. Finally, the company plans to be transparent and accountable to the public.
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