D.C.-sponsored app provides more than 200 free rides across District

More than 200 people have caught free rides around Northeast and Northwest D.C. this past month.

MicroTransit, a D.C.-sponsored mobile application that piloted in May, is offering free rides around D.C. until October, WUSA9 reported Wednesday. The program allows riders to request a lift from a fleet of passenger vans through the app or with a phone call, according to the report.

“We’re trying to reinvent and figure out new ways the taxi industry can serve our residents,” said David Do, director of the Department of For-Hire Vehicles to WUSA9.

The program provides rides between the borders of Georgia Avenue, Missouri Avenue, Eastern Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue. The service runs Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. Riders will pay a $3 charge per ride after the trial period ends in October.

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