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.

Read Full Story Here (via BisNow)

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.

Read Full Story Here (via WJLA)

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.

Read Full Story Here (via The Fuse)

Uber Teams With NASA To Make Flying Cars A Reality (5-9-18)

by CNN — May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Your dream of riding in a flying car may be one step closer to reality.

Uber and NASA announced on Tuesday they’re teaming up to simulate flying taxis in urban areas.

In 2016, Uber unveiled plans to develop electric flying cars to help improve transportation in cities, alleviate congestion and provide affordable transportation. NASA became a partner for the program an hour later by developing air traffic management for a fleet of flying cars.

But now NASA wants to help get the concept off the ground even more. Literally.

Read Full Story Here (via WRAL Tech Wire)

Passport DC Adds Flavors of Brazil, Morocco, Jamaica, More to Lyft Cars

When you call a Lyft in the District from Friday to Sunday, you could choose to ride in a bright, colorful sedan with the name of another country on it.

Lyft designed cars that represent eight countries across the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, Jamaica, Morocco, Peru, Indonesia and the United States. These internationally-themed cars will be accepting rides during certain hours this weekend, and every car is supposed to be driven by an international driver.

“Each Passport Mode vehicle has been transformed to showcase the famous landscapes, icons, and pastimes from the country it represents,” Lyft said in a statement. “With an international driver as your guide, you’ll get to know the music of their homeland and learn introductory phrases in a new language.”

The cars will be available to ride in Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Read Full Story Here (via NBC Washington)