Pilot programme will be offered at two rail stations and the area surrounding the stations in the city of Charlotte
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is partnering with ride-sharing company Lyft and Passport, the developer of CATSPass app, to provide better connectivity at two of Charlotte’s rail stations.
The pilot programme in the North Carolina city aims to offer affordable and reliable transportation with Lyft on the first and last mile of a person’s commute in areas where a transit service may be too far away.
For passengers requiring a Lyft ride to or from the JW Clay/UNC Charlotte station or the Parkwood Station, CATS said it will provide a $4 contribution towards the Lyft fare.
A trip must originate or terminate at either of those two station locations and end or start in the specified area around each station. The areas were selected to fill gaps in the existing transit network in order to provide better access to the region’s extended rail system.
“This pilot is a new, innovative and cost-effective way to provide greater service and connectivity to our customers,” said John Lewis, executive director, CATS. “It provides a good alternative in certain areas where it is not cost-effective to operate a route with multiple buses running all day.”
According to CATS, partnering with companies like Lyft and Passport allows it to expend funds for trips only when demand is needed versus running a route all day with multiple buses when demand ebbs and flows in areas where service is limited.
“Lyft was founded with the mission to reduce personal car ownership, and we know that by identifying multi-modal solutions to transportation challenges, we can have a better impact on the future of our cities,” added Lauren Pelletier, market manager for Lyft in Charlotte.
“Pilots like this one show the potential for private-public partnerships that provide affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation.”
There are two ways a transit customer can participate:
The pilot programme is expected to run through until late autumn 2018.
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