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Valley Regional Transit announces partnership with Lyft

Posted: 9:05 PM, Jan 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-22 23:05:53-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Valley Regional Transit is partnering with Lyft to provide cost-effective transit connections to 14 ValleyRide bus stops.

The new program, called Lyft Transit Connections, will begin operations on Monday, January 28, 2019. Transportation to the 14 identified bus stops will cost riders $2.

According to a press release, the partnership with Lyft is designed to provide those living longer distances from a bus stop the opportunity to connect to ValleyRide bus services through a convenient and affordable on-demand transportation program to and from their home.

“There is often considerable distance a commuter must travel to or from their final destination when taking the bus,” explains Kaite Justice, Mobility Collaborative Program Director. “This distance, referred to as first and last mile, can be an inconvenience or even a deterrent to using public transportation. In an effort to provide more multi-modal options and enhance our current services, we are thrilled to partner with Lyft to provide customers with affordable first- and last-mile connections to ValleyRide bus stops.”

Here is how the Lyft to Transit Connections will work: riders will need to download the Lyft app and set up an account if they do not already have one. They will enter promo code VRT19 into the ‘Promos’ tab and request a ride to one of the qualifying bus stops (or a ride home from one of the stops). The rider will pay $2 and VRT will pay up to $6 of the ride cost. The rider must be within the designated service area to receive the $2 fare.

More information about Lyft Transit Connections can be found at www.valleyregionaltransit.org or by calling RideLine customer service at 208-345-7433.