O.C. and L.A. Counties to Offer Their Own Rideshares

If all goes as planned, the counties of Orange and Los Angeles will be offering their own rideshare services soon, increasing competition for companies like Uber and Lyft.

The Daily Breeze reports that both entities are currently seeking partners in the private sector to contract with. They would offer call-a-car systems much like the aforementioned private companies but with cheaper fares and presumably better safety measures.

The proposed “micro-transit” programs would begin operating in selected areas this summer, offering cheaper door-to-door rides than Uber and Lyft — as low as $5 per trip with free transfers to buses and rail lines.

The service would be designed to boost ridership and to keep up with private-sector technology innovations, said Joshua Schank, chief innovation officer at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or LA Metro.

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