MassDOT and MBTA partner with Uber and Lyft for accessible rides, Boston, Massachusetts, 2019
5 minutes Date Enacted: Apr 1, 2019 Pilot Project Timeframe: 1 Year Pilot
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) have partnered with transportation network companies (TNCs), Lyft and Uber, to launch a one-year pilot program aiming to improve mobility for individuals with disabilities. Through this partnership, MassDOT and MBTA are offering Lyft and Uber fixed subsidies of $24 per hour for every hour that these companies make wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) available for use by customers within the designated service area. The service area will initially be the same as that of The RIDE (MBTA’s existing on-demand paratransit program). Through this pilot, MassDOT and MBTA hope to quadruple WAV supply hours.