With the new UberPOOL, you share a ride—and split the cost with another person who just happens to be requesting a ride along a similar route. The beauty, though, is that you still get Uber-style on-demand convenience and reliability: Just push the button like before and get a car in a matter of minutes.

The service is already available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Seattle and 25 other cities. Discounts for ride sharing vary depending on the region. Riders can save up to 50 percent in heavily traveled areas.

Apart from the savings, Uber boasts that their new ride-sharing service benefits the environment. Since November, more than 800,000 miles have been saved in Miami alone. That translates to more than 17,000 gallons of fuel and over 150 metric tons of CO2, according to the company. In other words, UberPOOL allows commuters to get over that “first-mile-last-mile hurdle” that makes mass transit less convenient.

Unfortunately, many of us refuse to consider public transportation if it involves walking great lengths—in some instances, the physical demand is too great—but UberPOOL is a game-changer.

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