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DART, Lyft Partnership Expands Transit Options

A new collaboration between Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the ridesharing app Lyft means North Texas travelers have a new way to begin, continue or end their public transit trip.

“We’re thrilled to work with Lyft. Our customers want choices,” DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said. “If we’re going to stay relevant as a transportation provider, we have to offer options so they can make a complete trip whether it’s for work or fun. Lyft is a great way to help them begin or end their trip if they’re not right next to a DART stop or station.” DART’s service area covers 700 square miles.

"When people have reliable, affordable alternatives to driving alone, they’re more likely to leave their cars at home. We believe public transit and ridesharing are the perfect match,” said Emily Castor, Lyft’s director of transportation policy. “Many passengers already use Lyft to get the last mile to or from transit stations, and we’re excited to partner with a forward-thinking agency like DART to make that even easier for ­Dallas residents.”

DART also is collaborating with the car sharing service ZipCar and the ridesharing app Uber. These three partnerships make it easier for the system’s riders to use public transit for the longest portion of their trips and help the agency solve the “first mile/last mile” riddle.

In cities across the country, 25 percent of Lyft passengers use the app to connect to public transit.

Lyft launched in June 2012 and is now in more than 150 cities across the country.
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