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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7600
Fax: 206.276.7663
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Ride Share Pilot Program with Lyft & Uber

Background

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Ride Share; click to download 2-page flyer
Starting on April 23, 2018, the City is launching a 6-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.  As regional parking pressure increases, all 447 stalls now fill up by 7:00am on most weekdays. With nowhere to leave their car, many people who want to board an express bus towards Seattle or Bellevue are forced instead to drive to their final destination. Click here for a 2-page program flyer.

This program is one of many mobility solutions that the City is exploring to assist with ďfirst-mile & last-mileĒ connections to regional transit. This adds commuter options, helps reduce reliance on Single Occupant Vehicles (SOVís), reduces congestion, and can lessen greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The Details

  • Starts April 23, 2018 (Ends Oct 31, 2018)
  • Covers on-Island travel only
  • Available Monday-Friday, 24 hours/day
  • All rides must originate or terminate at the MI Park & Ride (8000 North Mercer Way)

Cost

  • Cost to each rider (months 1-3): Flat fee of $2 per ride
  • Cost to each rider (months 4-6): Flat fee of $2 per shared ride, $5 per solo ride


How To Try It

1) Download the app for each provider.
2) Decide whether to ride solo or shared.
3) For Uber: the discount will appear for qualifying itineraries
     For Lyft: enter LYFTMI18 once into the promos section of the app, then the discount will appear 
 
Need Extra Encouragement?
Uber is offering $15 off for new users (code: MERCERISLANDERS) 
Lyft is offering $15 off for new users (code: MIFIRSTRIDE) 
 

FAQ

Can I book ahead? 
Yes, both vendors allow scheduling at least 7 days in advance

What if I donít have a smartphone?
Someone else with a smartphone can arrange your ride

Whatís the minimum age to ride?
Both vendors currently require passengers to be 18 or older

What happens to the price after the pilot ends?
The City will evaluate usage and adoption, and determine the need for ongoing program sponsorship

Even though the ride is discounted, can I leave a tip?
Both vendors now allow optional tipping via their apps

Can I make a stop along the way?
No, these are direct rides only

 

Contact Information

For Lyft or Uber support ó Use the Help function in each app
For comments to the City ó Please Email Assít City Manager Kirsten.Taylor@mercergov.org 

 
 

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