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Sep 27
Transit Agencies to Consider Uber-like Rides

In an effort to beef up ridership, the Los Angeles Metro is considering offering Uber-like service. The agency is asking for proposals from potential operators who would offer smaller vehicles carrying fewer riders.

Passengers headed in the same direction would share rides in vans or mini-buses. In Manila, an UberHop proposal would get riders to meet at a central spot and then travel together to the same destination. In Santa Monica, Big Blue Bus operates an on-demand, rideshare option. People request a Blue at Night cab in a designated location and are dropped anywhere in Santa Monica for $3. They can order a cab from anywhere in the city and go to the train station for $3.

Closer to home, Capital Metro in Austin is hoping the app it launched last June will catch on. Customers can request a ride using their phone and the service matches their destination with travelers in the same area. Pick-up is within 15 minutes. In the pilot phase, this on-demand, ride-hailing service is free and only operates three days a week in a limited area.


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