Metro Starting On-Demand Service for Late-Night Workers

graphicImage by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Metro today opened registration for a new program to support late-night workers who travel between midnight and 4 a.m. Beginning July 1, qualified workers, such as those in the hospitality or healthcare industries, can receive a $3 subsidy toward a shared ride on Lyft for trips taken between their home and workplace.

Known as the After-Hours Commuter Service, the program will provide qualified participants up to 10 discounted rides per week within Metro’s service area. The program, a one-year pilot with a budget capped at $1 million, was created to support late-night workers affected by changes in Metrorail’s operating hours to support improved maintenance, safety and reliability.

“This program will provide late-night workers with a more affordable transportation option during overnight hours as we advance essential maintenance programs that improve safety and reliability,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld.

Registration is required

Registration is required to participate in the program. Customers can apply online at wmata.com/afterhours and once approved will receive a pass each month in the Lyft app on their mobile device. Riders may pre-enroll in the program through 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, in order to begin using the service starting July 1. After June 28, approved customers will begin receiving discounted late-night travel starting on the first day of the following month.

Enrollment in the program will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and is open to Metro customers with a registered SmarTrip card who travel between midnight and 4 a.m. Periodic audits will be conducted to ensure participants meet the qualifications for the program.

The pilot program is scheduled for one year or until its $1 million budget is expended. At the conclusion of the pilot, Metro will evaluate customer feedback, utilization, and other factors to determine whether to continue the program into the future.

For more information on eligibility requirements see the terms and conditions at wmata.com/afterhours.

Comments

About the Author

Truman Lewis
A former reporter and bureau chief, Truman Lewis has covered presidential campaigns, state politics and stories ranging from organized crime to environmental and consumer protection.