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MassDot Launches Pilot Program to Expand Accessible Transport

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDot) announced the launch of a one-year pilot program that partners with Lyft and Uber to expand accessible transit.

During the pilot program, Uber and Lyft will receive a subsidy on a per-hour basis for every hour that wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available for use.

“This pilot is an innovative way to expand the availability of accessible vehicles through the use of existing technology,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “As we continue to hone our focus on the people we serve, we hope to strengthen our understanding of how we can better meet the needs of our customers.”

“This new initiative seeks to drive an increase in the availability of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for riders,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “I want to thank Lyft and Uber for their participation in this effort, and I’m excited that the MBTA is playing a critical role in expanding access to mobility for our riders and the general public.”

For more information, please visit the MBTA’s paratransit rideshare pilot service with Uber and Lyft online.