Metro plan would subsidize Uber and Lyft fares to fill latenight service gap

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The program, Metro says, would target late-night workers in fields such as hospitality and health care. It is available to the general population and is available during the commuter rail system’s service hours. The transit agency declined to comment further on the proposal, pointing to past statements by General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. But Metro based its concept at least partially on programs elsewhere that provide subsidies for first-mile, last-mile connections or replacement transit service. Metro argues that the number of late-night trips taken, particularly during the 2-to-3 a.m. window, do not justify keeping the 117-mile, 91-station system open.

Article PreviewBy Faiz Siddiqui Faiz Siddiqui Local reporter covering the D.C. Metro, Uber and Lyft, and transit-oriented tech start-ups Email Bio Follow February 13 at 6:30 AM

Metro would subsidize Uber, Lyft or other on-demand trips for late-night workers under a plan the agency is proposing to the ride-hail services.

The subsidized trips — up to $3 per ride — are meant to make up for the loss of late-night service but would be available only to workers, not to people out enjoying entertainment or events.

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