Friends or foes? Metro is the subway system of Washington DC, and there are plans that they will be working with Uber and Lyft on providing late-hour transportation services.
WASHINGTON — Metro hopes to finalize agreements in coming months with ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft for late-night transportation services rather than providing additional rail service hours, even as the agency tries to compete with the services at other times of the day and week.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s budget proposal assumes there will be some type of agreement with a company or companies such as Uber and Lyft by next summer to support late-night transportation service.
“We’re talking to them right now,” Wiedefeld said. “We’re working on something to try to get that to happen by July.”
Any late-night partnership though comes as Metro is actively fighting back against competition for riders from the ride-hailing services at times when the rail and bus system is running, including with new efforts to get more riders to use weekly and monthly passes.