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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How to Get Around DC During the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival (3-6-19)

FILE – In this April 11, 2015, file photo, the Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

In an annual D.C. tradition that signals the start of spring, thousands of people will descend upon the National Mall and Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20 to April 14.

Locals and out-of-towners alike should expect large crowds, but there are several viable options for getting around there. Here’s some guidance in finding your path of least resistance.

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Carpocalypse Now: Lyft’s Founders Are Right — We’re Already In The Endgame For Cars

The founders of the ride-sharing app Lyft filed their IPO papers last week, and their vision for the company is dramatic. Lyft (which works a bit like Uber) is not just about getting you from A to B, they say. Rather, founders Logan Green and John Zimmer believe that car ownership is in permanent decline and they want to help it die, they write in their S-1 filing.

“We believe that the world is at the beginning of a shift away from car ownership to Transportation-as-a-Service, or TaaS. Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change,” they told investors. “Car ownership has … economically burdened consumers. US households spend more on transportation than on any expenditure other than housing. … On a per household basis, the average annual spend on transportation is over $9,500, with the substantial majority spent on car ownership and operation.”

Cars create “inequality,” they argue. “The average cost of a new vehicle in the United States has increased to over $33,000, which most American households cannot afford,” the IPO says. “We estimate over 300,000 Lyft riders have given up their personal cars because of Lyft.”

They may be right.

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What’s More Popular Than Uber? Shockingly, Jump Bikes (2-25-19)

When Uber introduced its new Jump bikes in Sacramento last spring, officials figured the flashy red bikes would be a popular complement to their main rideshare auto service, given the capital city’s good weather, flat terrain and general pro-cycling mentality.

But how popular? The answer came as a surprise even to Uber.

An October study found more Sacramentans were renting Jump bikes than using Uber’s car service by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. That makes Sacramento the first of 16 Uber cities that have both bike and car service where the bikes are more popular, company officials said.

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