Sudbury anticipated to launch ride-share pilot this fall

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Aug. 17–SUDBURY — Getting round Sudbury and surrounding communities may quickly be extra handy for individuals who do not personal a automobile or do not drive. 

The city plans to launch a transportation pilot program this fall that can subsidize Uber, Lyft and taxi rides for certified contributors. Sudbury acquired an $80,000 grant from the state’s Group Compact Cupboard and $10,000 from the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) — part of the Metropolitan Space Planning Council.

The pilot is offered to residents over age 50, residents with a incapacity, Sudbury navy veterans and people in monetary misery. The anticipated value is $1 for a journey inside Sudbury, $2 for a journey inside a 10-mile radius of Sudbury and the primary $10 of a fare between 10 and 30 miles. The journey share group will then invoice the city for the price of the journey. The city continues to be finalizing particulars of the pilot.

This system may open up public transportation alternatives sooner or later. Sudbury leaders will observe essentially the most frequent locations and the timing of the journeys to find out tendencies that would result in a long-term partnership with a journey share program or neighborhood shuttle.

“We do not know the place it will take us,” stated Adam Duchesneau, director of Planning and Group Improvement.

The pilot is predicted to final a few yr.

Sudbury has been courting public transportation prior to now few years. The city operates a senior shuttle and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority launched a pilot commuter shuttle alongside the Rte. 20 hall to the Inexperienced Line, however Duchesneau stated public transit on the town is missing. Sudbury doesn’t have entry to the commuter rail and doesn’t have a bus service, stated Duchesneau. The just lately accomplished Habitable Sudbury report discovered contributors within the examine need extra transportation choices on the town.

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“Now we have gaps in our system,” stated Duchesneau. “One of many greatest challenges recognized on this report was transportation.”

Half of survey respondents indicated curiosity in ride-sharing providers. One-quarter of respondents need an on-demand native bus or van service, whereas 20% would love extra taxi service on the town. Fourteen p.c stated they want transportation for medical appointments.

“Transportation has no boundaries,” stated Duchesneau.

Within the meantime, the pilot program will assist the residents with out vehicles journey to buying facilities, medical appointments or different locations.

“We’re pushing on it as onerous as we are able to,” Duchesneau stated of the pilot.

Sudbury officers will submit data on how residents can join this system at City Corridor or in town’s web site at

Jeff Malachowski will be reached at 508-490-7466 or Observe him on Twitter @JmalachowskiMW.


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