Lyft Testing Subscription Model: App Offering Set Number Of Rides For Flat Monthly Price (7-29-18)

LYFT IS TESTING subscription models across the country, offering customers a package of rides for a flat, discounted fee. The packages promote Lyft loyalty and some bear a resemblance to transit passes. 

One customer in the Boston area received an email on July 23 inviting the recipient to try Lyft’s All-Access Plan, which offers 30 standard rides worth up to $15 apiece for a flat fee of $299 a month. The user pays any ride cost greater than $15. 

“Leave the car at home and save,” the Lyft email said. “We’re creating a new subscription plan to lock in 30 rides and you’ve been selected to test it first.” 

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Road closures, parking restrictions ahead of MLB All-Star Game

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Police Chief Peter Newsham and District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian announced a host of preparation plans ahead of next week’s MLB All-Star Game — which include road closures, new parking restrictions, and transit changes.

“It’s a big summer for sports fans in Washington,” Bowser said. “As always, throughout the All-Star Week festivities, our goal is to ensure the safety of  residents and visitors.”

Newsham said the city and its police department are ready with increased staffing of both uniformed and plain clothed officers to monitor activity around All-Star related events and closures.

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What If You Could Plan And Pay For You Trip Around The DC Area With One Click? (7-9-18)

Metro bus makes it way down 16th street in in downtown Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Metro subway system that serves the nation’s capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs shut down for a full-day fo an emergency safety inspection of its third-rail power cables. Making for unusual commute, as the lack of service is forcing some people on the roads, while others are staying home or teleworking. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — A powerful business group that has thrown its support behind Metro funding and toll lanes from Richmond to Baltimore is now calling for changes to unify how we pay to get around.

In a document being released Monday, the Greater Washington Partnership asks transportation systems across the region to unify payments in a single interchangeable way that would allow one-click planning and purchase of a trip that could feature bike share, scooters, Metro, commuter rail and buses.

“What we want, ultimately, is one seamless integrated platform for folks to be able to plan for and pay for a trip across all public and private transport options in the capital region of Baltimore to Richmond,” the group’s Transportation Policy Director Joe McAndrew said.

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Activities, Road Closures Abound During DC’s July 4 Celebration (6-25-18)

Fireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial, left, Washington Monument, center, and U.S. Capitol, at the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, during the Fourth of July celebration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — The United States’ 242nd birthday brings fireworks, music and parades — which in turn bring crowds and road closures.

The National Park Service has announced the schedule for July 4 festivities around the National Mall and Capitol grounds. Events include:

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
    (National Mall, between 12th and 14th streets Northwest)
  • National Independence Day Parade: 11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
    (Constitution Avenue Northwest from 7th to 17th streets Northwest)
  • A Capitol Fourth concert: 8–9:30 p.m.
    (U.S. Capitol West Lawn)
  • Fireworks display: 9:09–9:27 p.m.
    (Over the National Mall)

Note: Transit use is encouraged. The park service suggests using Metrorail stations other than Smithsonian or Federal Triangle, which typically have the most traffic on July 4. The National Mall area immediately outside the Smithsonian station is also closed due to a re-turfing project. 

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Sign Petition Asking For Relief From Higher Gas Prices (6-15-18)

A petition signed by more than 500 Uber and Lyft drivers is asking the companies to offer more relief for high gas prices.

Uber and Lyft have made it a point to do more to support their drivers. As Harry Campbell, an industry analyst known as the Rideshare Guy, told Curbed, pay and retention are key issues for both of these billion-dollar ridehailing giants, who have been promoting new apps and investments in community driver hubs in efforts to make the lives of independent contractors easier and more profitable.

With summer driving season coming up, hundreds of drivers from across the company have a suggestion: Help them pay for rising gas prices. A petition on Coworker.org started by driver Holly Rubino asks both companies to help drivers pay for rising gas costs (“gas prices are driving us out of the rideshare industry”). More than 500 have signed the petition thus far.

With gas prices expected to rise 14 percent this summer, according to U.S. government forecasts, it’s not a trivial concern for drivers worried about their take-home pay.

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