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Metro Targets New 'Micro-Transit' Service

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    (File Photo) Train service on a stretch of the Metro Expo Line was scheduled to be replaced by bus shuttles starting on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 through Sunday for maintenance and repair.

    Los Angeles may soon have another public transportation option, one modeled after popular ride sharing services.

    Los Angeles Metro is looking to launch a "micro-transit" service that's similar to Uber, Lyft and other popular ridesharing programs, "very, very soon," Metro CEO Phil Washington told NBC4 media partner KPCC.

    Bus ridership has steadily been declining, with commuters feeling like buses didn't know where they were going, the LA Times reported.

    Metro's "micro-transit" will be a "curb-to-curb type service," Washington said, adding that Metro will use its own drivers in smaller vehicles, such as vans. Metro would also partner with a private firm to help with things like reservations, he said.

    Read more at KPCC.

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