Update on the MicroTransit pilot project

Here’s a quick note from Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation and Government Relations teams on the Microtransit project:

We’d like to provide a short update on Metro’s MicroTransit Pilot Project, which is currently under development. Metro is partnering with RideCo, NoMad/Via, and Transdev to develop on-demand technology to increase access to Metro’s transit system and to improve the user experience of our customers.

Metro is working with these three teams on a data driven design for a new transit service offering in communities around the County. During the pilot project, customers will use similar technology as is used for shared ride services (private pooled rides) to take Metro.

This technology and new service would provide customers a new way to use Metro for short-trips around their communities. MicroTransit short trips will be approximately 20 mins in vehicle and run one to five miles in distance. These short trips may connect riders to Metro operated services and to municipal operators.

This week, Metro’s partners (RideCo, NoMad/Via, Transdev) will begin outreach in various communities throughout Los Angeles County to better understand how to best serve Metro’s current and future customers. You might see these teams interacting with customers – this is a great opportunity to weigh-in on the design of Metro’s newest service. We will continue to keep you informed of updates on MicroTransit as we move through development and launch. Metro anticipates launching the service in late 2019.

For more background on the project, please visit: www.metro.net/microtransit.

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5 replies

  1. “outreach in various communities ” Per haps they should try to reach out to “The Source” readers who actually have thought about these things. I know my questions for the El Monte station are: 1. How much will it cost? 2. How far can it go? 3. How is it summoned or availed? 4. What other limits are there? 5. How accessible will it be?
    I am sure other readers here would have many and much better questions.

  2. Many stations in the system don’t have loading zones for dropoffs and pickups even though there is plenty of room available in most cases. How can this be after four years of ridesharing services? Instead people have to block traffic or a bus stop creating dangerous situations. At my station all that would be needed is a bucket of white paint for the curb and a sign. At other stations the removal of one parking meter would do the trick.

  3. Do you know if the microtransit options will be able to navigate narrow streets in the hills or of this is a consideration? Thanks.