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Dec. 12, 2018 12:45 pm

Lyft’s Nearby Transit feature launches in DC

The new in-app feature shows public transit routes and schedules, providing info on links to rail and bus.

A shared Lyft ride.

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After adding Lyft Scooters and announcing plans to add Lyft Bikes in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the ridesharing company said a new feature called Lyft Nearby Transit is rolling out in the District. The in-app feature shows nearby public transit routes and schedules.

“Washington, D.C. is on the forefront of innovation in so many ways, and Lyft is proud to continue enhancing the District’s mobility options with Nearby Transit in the Lyft app. From investing in sustainable modes of transportation like bikeshare systems and electric scooters to working closely with local officials on safer and more efficient streets, we can better serve riders, drivers and the larger D.C. community.” Steve Taylor, Lyft’s General Manager in the Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement.

The new feature connects Lyft riders with more transportation options from Metrorail and Metrobus directly in the app. The program also launched in Santa Monica in September and began expanding in Los Angeles last week. According to Lyft’s Economic Impact Report, 28 percent of its riders are using the app to connect with and get to public transportation options already.

“We are excited that WMATA is the first transit system on the East Coast being featured on the Lyft app,” Metro Assistant General Manager Lynn Bowersox said in a statement. “Using Lyft as a connection to Metrorail and Metrobus is a great solution for people who don’t have time to sit in traffic, and value sustainable mobility solutions.”

Here’s what Lyft Nearby Transit looks like:

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This Lyft feature could pose competition for TransitScreen, the D.C.-based company that makes displays showing real-time information about all your mobility options, since last month the public transit tech company launched its first mobile app called CityMotion, which includes info on transportation options from metro trains to bikes and scooters.

Companies: TransitScreen, Lyft
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