Current News: Transportation Network Cos.
As transportation network companies (i.e., TNCs like Bridj, Liberty, Lyft, Split, Uber, Via) continue to offer new services and forge new alliances with public transit, health care, employers, and others, we will keep you current by posting relevant news items below. Please send any items you would recommend we include to email@example.com. (Note: Items older than 6 months will be deleted from this page, but will be archived by NCMM staff.)
- D.C.-based Split to discontinue rideshare service (9/27/16). D.C.-based ridesharing company Split will end its passenger service, partly because the marketplace is so crowded. The company will turn its attention to technology, where it can “refocus our efforts on the next generation of transportation challenges.”
Health Care Access and TNCs
- LogistiCare And Lyft Announce Nationwide Partnership (2/8/17). LogistiCare and Lyft announced a three-year partnership to improve transportation solutions for riders seeking healthcare appointments and social programs.
- Patient access to care gets boost with hospital digital transportation pilot (9/28/16). A new pilot program using Uber and Circulation's digital transportation platform will allow hospital transportation coordinators to schedule and manage on-demand rides for patients who need non-emergency medical care.
- Uber's Pilot Program with Pennsylvania Hospital for NEMT (9/27/16). The program involves a patient-centered portal that’s integrated with patient health records, allowing hospital transport coordinators to schedule and manage on-demand rides from one centralized location.
People with Disabilities and TNCs
- MBTA partners with Uber and Lyft for Paratransit Pilot Program (9/21/16). A coalition between Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, disability advocates, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Uber and Lyft to assist paratransit customers.
- New Mass. law mandates accessibility for people with disabilities (9/12/16). Law applies to wheelchair accessible vehicles, and accommodations to individuals traveling with service animals.
Urban/Suburban Service and TNCs
- Kansas City Halts Service With Bridj; Cites Lessons Learned (3/6/17). Just 1,480 people rode on a Bridj van, in a city of 2 million people. The city launched the program with the Boston mobility startup in March 2016, and in the past six months just one-third of riders took more than 10 rides. The one-year, $1.3 million project ended Friday.
- San Clemente partners with Lyft to fill gaps after 2 OCTA bus routes end (10/5/16). To try to make up for the loss of two abandoned OCTA routes, OCTA and San Clemente are partnering with Lyft, a ride-on-demand company, to launch a subsidized rideshare program.
- How cities and transit agencies can work with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar (9/8/16). Report by TransitCenter outlines how government agencies can more effectively incorporate on-demand services like Uber and bikesharing to improve service for transit customerswhile also addressing some of the transit industry’s biggest challenges