Pierce Transit, Lyft visit Puyallup to showcase program to help people access transit


Pierce Transit is partnering with rideshare company Lyft to provide free first-last mile rides to select Pierce Transit bus routes, as well as the Puyallup Sounder Station.

The new project, called “Limited Access Connections,” is kicking off with outreach at Pierce College Puyallup Monday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college’s center courtyard area located between the College Center, Library/Science and Administration buildings (college map here). The outreach will inform students, staff and faculty about how to use the program, and Lyft and Pierce Transit representatives will be on hand to answer questions. The media are invited to attend any time during the event to learn more about the program and talk with students and representatives from Pierce Transit and Lyft.

In late 2016, Pierce Transit became one of 11 public transportation providers across the United States selected to take part in the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox grant program, an opportunity for agencies to experiment with new, integrated, multimodal transportation options for the public. The agency is partnering with Lyft to conduct the pilot “Limited Access Connections” project that will provide the public with free rides to and from transit in specific zones and during certain times of day. The project will also provide students at Pierce College Puyallup a grant-funded ride home to select locations near campus in the evening after transit services have ended. The outreach May 21 is designed to provide students with information about how to use the program.

For more information about the Limited Access Connections program, including an interactive map showing zone boundaries and transit drop-off locations, at piercetransit.org/limited-access-connections.

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