- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro could soon partner with a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft to provide door-to-door service for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/29Ly1BU) reports Uber and Lyft are among prospective contractors who could bid for the service, which officials say could help the transit agency save millions on its heavily subsidized MetroAccess paratransit program.

Metro Access Services Assistant General Manager Christian Kent says Metro plans to open the bidding process in September with the hope of having the service in place by spring 2017.

The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs.

Whereas MetroAccess requires trips to be booked 24 hours in advance, customers using the new program would be able to book a ride on the same day they need it.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com


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