Metro is seeking proposals to provide subsidised on-demand transportation for late night workers through mobility services such as Uber and Lyft.
During hours when Metrorail is closed, Metro would subsidise trips taken with ride-hailing or taxi companies to support more cost-effective options for eligible workers, primarily in the hospitality and health care industries.
The on-demand service will be offered seven days a week for trips within Metro’s service area between midnight and 4 a.m. Metro would pay the first $3 of the fare, up to a maximum of 10 trips per week per registered rider. The budget for the one-year pilot will be capped at $1 million.
“The system is safer and more reliable today as a result of the robust preventive maintenance work we are doing during those critical overnight hours,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “At the same time, we understand that Metro is a vital link for many late-night workers. That’s why we are looking at innovative ways to provide affordable transportation for workers while balancing our commitment to safety.”
At least 29 transit agencies or cities across the US are considering or have partnered with ride-hailing or taxi services as transportation alternatives.