Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently announced a partnership with an on-demand ride-hailing service called Via to offer shared rides to and from major transit stops.
Los Angeles County is in the midst of a transit-building boom, but still less than a quarter of the population lives within walking distance of a train or rapid bus stop, according to a recent study.
The service will work like Uber or Lyft, except rides will be shared. They’ll also be subsidized by Metro and they’ll be accessible for people with disabilities and those without a smartphone.
The plan sounds similar to another project Metro is pursuing called Microtransit. The agency is currently soliciting ideas from private companies to develop that on-demand service, which calls for vanpools in areas with scarce transit.
The goal of the Via partnership is a little bit more specific — to shuttle riders to bridge the so-called first and last mile gap between transit stations and homes or offices.
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