Metro’s MicroTransit project has posted an online survey. The project — which will go by the name Metro Ride — will offer shared, on-demand rides up to 20 minutes in length in service areas to be announced later in the year.
Metro is currently working with three firms under contract to design the service, which is scheduled to launch in late 2019. The Metro Board of Directors still must approve the funding for the project.
The idea here is to help serve the market for short rides and to also help bridge the first/last mile gap between transit and work, home and other destinations. The advantage of Metro Ride over a fixed route bus is that Metro Ride can moved service area. And, of course, it’s on demand, meaning the schedule isn’t fixed.
We’ll have more details later in the year, including info on fares (which will be very competitive) and the mobile app that Metro Ride will use.