Metro Moves To Subsidize Late-Night Rides On Uber And Lyft As A Substitute For Rail Service (3-14-19)

For the past few years, Metro has closed its rail system before midnight on Sundays through Thursdays and at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the result of scheduling more repair work overnight to address maintenance and safety issues. Those service hours have forced many late-night workers in the region, including those in the hospitality and healthcare industries, to take Metrorail alternatives in the early morning, from Uber and Lyft to taxis and carpools.

Now, Metro is aiming to alleviate the inconvenience from its shortened hours by subsidizing on-demand rides that late-night workers take within its service area. The transit agency has released a solicitation for companies that could provide discounted rides for these workers, between midnight and 4 a.m. seven days a week. Through a one-year pilot program, Metro would fund up to $1 million in subsidized rides, guaranteeing $3 per ride for up to 10 weekly rides for an individual late-night worker. The program could kick off as soon as this summer.

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Uber Adds Public Transit Info To App, Starting In Denver (2-1-19)

Dive Brief:

  • In partnership with Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), Uber is putting bus and train schedules, directions and expected fares into its app, the company announced in a blog post. Eventually, users will be able to buy RTD tickets directly through the app.
  • Uber is promising to expand its transit information to more cities in collaboration with Moovit, a transit data and route planning platform, and Masabi, a ticketing and payment provider.
  • “Our customers want their trips to be as seamless as possible, and a collaboration like this one allows them to plan for travel from end to end, including additional first mile and last mile options,” RTD CEO and General Manager David Genova said in a statement.

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Best Ride Sharing Apps To Make Your Commute A Breeze (1-12-19)

Today, everybody is in a hurry and doesn’t have time to pay heed to even their personal priorities. In these times, owning a car definitely is an arduous task. As per International Energy Associationreport, it is projected there will be around 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035, the rest you can imagine.

So in order to get rid of all these hassles, you can simply shift on to carpooling or ride sharing apps, which will even cater to you with different options like sedans and SUVs.

In simple words, the ride sharing service can be defined as an arrangement between a vehicle owner and an individual who provides a pickup location with their desired destination through an app or website, for a fee.

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Butt Sensors, Flying Taxis, And More This Week In Car News (1-13-19)

Bell unveiled its 6,000-pound Nexus craft at CES. The planned air taxi uses six tilting, ducted fans to reach a top speed of 150 mph, with a 150-mile range.

The Consumer Electronics Show, the annual moot of the tech gadget industry, is always on the trippy side. But zoom in on CES’s transportation options and it gets downright hallucinatory. Cars with legsflying taxis, sensors that watch your face while you driverobot deaths, an Uber for … cabs. While we recover from Vegas, please be advised that what happened there last week has not stayed there. We’ve got you covered.

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