Los Angeles And Via Experiment With Low-Income Rideshare Service - Forbes
Taking public transit only works if you can get to and from your stop. Since the advent of ride-hail services, the option to combine modes of transportation makes the bus or train more doable, especially when those hailed rides are shared.
UberPool and Lyft Shared allow public transportation riders an option for that so-called first mile-last mile problem at a lower cost than hailing a solo ride. But prices still vary and those services require a credit card and a smartphone.
To see what happens when people with only basic phones and few financial options have new access to shared mobility, Los Angeles transit agency Metro partnered with ride system developer Via for a one-year pilot program starting today in three transit-adjacent local communities.