Last April, the City launched a six month ride share pilot program to help commuters access the Mercer Island Park & Ride (8000 North Mercer Way) without the need for a personal vehicle. The popular program has delivered hundreds of rides in its first three months, allowing many new transit users to board an express bus towards Seattle or Bellevue rather than drive alone.
As it enters the second phase of the pilot period, the program will continue to offer the same on-demand service, but with adjusted pricing.
Starting Aug. 1, solo rides will now cost $5 per rider, but residents can still enjoy a $2 ride if they are willing to accept a shared ride. Uber riders will not need to adjust any settings; Lyft riders will need to enter new codes for Phase II of the pilot project: 2LYFTMI for $2 shared rides, and 5LYFTMI for $5 classic rides (i.e. solo).
This program is one of many mobility solutions that the City is exploring to assist with “first-mile & last-mile” connections to regional transit. This adds commuter options, helps reduce reliance on Single Occupant Vehicles (SOV’s), reduces congestion, and can lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information or questions, contact Kirsten Taylor, Senior Project Manager.