Los Angeles extends Via microtransit pilot

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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has voted to extend its pilot partnership with ride-share service Via for an additional six months, following a successful first year.

Via has provided more than 75,000 rides in the Los Angeles Metro area since its pilot launch in January 2019.

The service will extend operating hours to a new schedule of 6am to midnight on weekdays, and 8am to 10pm on weekends.

Via said extended hours have “proven successful in Seattle”, where it runs a similar pilot.

Metro will provide US$2.2m (£1.6m) for the expanded pilot, with another US$2.7m (£2m) allotted for an additional extension.

More than $500,000 (£383,000) of this funding was carried over from the initial pilot, which came in under budget.