The Future Of Medical Transportation Is Ride-Sharing (5-20-18)

A Lyft Driver In San Francisco

Parker said it is getting harder for elderly people — especially those with significant others who may be around the same age — to get to medical appointments or hospitals. “It’s much easier to put him in a ride-share and for [his wife] to assist him,” he said.

As the population ages and the demand for healthcare rises, the future of medical transportation is in ride-sharing services, experts say. Such arrangements will be a topic of conversation at Bisnow’s National Healthcare West event June 7 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. Though there is a huge demand to develop medical facilities around public transportation stops, not enough healthcare providers are doing it yet, Parker said.

And living in car-centric Los Angeles, Parker said people still prefer using cars rather than public transportation, especially for a medical appointment or a minor procedure. “There’s an Orange [bus] line here that takes people all over the Valley but we’re not seeing any medical facilities being built around that line,” he said. “We haven’t seen that kind of development.” Missed appointments cost the healthcare industry $150B each year, according to several healthcare reports.  The reasons for the no-shows vary — mostly from the patient side, such as forgotten appointments due to too much time between visits, a distrust of seeing a doctor, cost and other reasons.

But one of the single biggest reasons is lack of transportation.

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New MicroTransit Vans To Offer Service In D.C. Including Fixed And On-Demand Routes (5-17-18)

MicroTransit vans will offer service in Washington, D.C.

The vans will have fixed routes around the area, including at Union Station. On-demand routes will be available in neighborhoods for $3.25 per ride.

People interested in driving for MicroTransit have to apply by June 29.

ABC7’s Sam Sweeney has more on this story in the above video.

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Venture Capitalists Pour Money Into Urban Mobility To Solve ‘Last-Mile’ Issue (5-18-18)

With the “last-mile” problem having vexed urban dwellers for decades, venture capitalists are seizing the opportunity to fund projects that could fill in gaps that public transit cannot meet.

Sometimes the last mile of a trip in an urban area is the most difficult. While trying to reach your destination after exiting public transit, options dwindle or become less convenient. Why hail and Uber or Lyft for just a mile? Walking may take too long or is unappealing because of the weather or other factors, and there aren’t any buses or traditional taxis nearby. It may be the point at which frustration sets in.

With the “last-mile” problem having vexed urban dwellers for decades, venture capitalists are seizing the opportunity to fund projects that could fill in gaps that public transit cannot meet. Bikesharing and electric scooters are two common methods used to help commuters snake through city streets when other options have been exhausted or are inconvenient.

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For Bike-To-Work Week, These D.C. Advocates Guard A Bike Lane (5-18-18)

Dave Magilner took part in the human protected bike lane on 14th St. Northwest to show that D.C.’s cycling infrastructure still needs work.

Most drivers in D.C. likely are familiar with protected bike lanes, set apart from car traffic by bollards or curbs. But during this year’s bike-to-work week, cyclists tried another tactic to draw attention to areas where the region’s infrastructure isn’t doing a good job of keeping people on bikes safe — human-protected bike lanes.

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Bowser Proposes Tax Increases, Including On Lyft And Uber Rides, To Pay For Metro (3-21-18)

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) delivers her State of District Address at the University of District of Columbia in on March 15, 2018. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The District would raise taxes on sales, commercial property and ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber to increase funding for Metro under the 2019 budget Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) proposed Wednesday.

Bowser’s plan, which must be approved by the D.C. Council, spells out for the first time how the city would pay for the District’s $178.5 million share of a regional strategy to improve the transit system.

Her proposed $14.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 increases per-pupil funding by 3.91 percent, a source of contention last year and higher than what some education advocates expected.

Bower’s spending plan also includes $100 million for a trust fund for affordable housing — as she has proposed annually since taking office — as well as $300 million in starting costs for a new hospital east of the Anacostia River and $860,000 for publicly financed campaigns approved by the council but initially opposed by Bowser.

The mayor presented the budget in a briefing with the D.C. Council, which will hold public hearings and vote on the spending plan before June. The first formal hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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