VANCOUVER, BC, May 16, 2022 — Spare, a leading transit and mobility management platform, has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Lyft. This partnership will help transit agencies cost-effectively provide their passengers with reliable and responsive transportation in the face of fluctuating demand.
Through Spare and Lyft’s partnership, transit agencies can now design and launch microtransit and paratransit programs that commingle agency vehicles and the Lyft network. The flexible fleet solution enabled by this integration allows agencies to immediately expand or contract their fleet size with the Lyft network in response to fluctuating rider demand. This provides agencies with a new technology to seamlessly serve both peak demand as well as lower-demand hours that have been traditionally difficult and expensive for agencies to serve.
“We are thrilled to partner with Lyft on our shared vision of improving equitable access to transportation for all,” says Kristoffer Vik Hansen, CEO of Spare. “This innovative integration is a game-changer for transit agencies of all sizes, empowering them to simultaneously improve rider experience and reduce costs.”
Through this integration, riders have access to reliable on-demand rides, either on a transit vehicle or the Lyft network, leading to lower wait and travel times. Spare and Lyft also make it easy for agencies to consolidate reporting, trip management and service performance data to continuously optimize operations between their dedicated vehicles and the Lyft network.
“We are excited to partner with Spare to help transit agencies achieve their goals of increased flexibility and reliability of their paratransit and microtransit services,“ said Paul Davis, Director of Transit Partnerships at Lyft. “For years, our agency partners have leveraged the Lyft network to meet their riders’ needs by cost-effectively expanding the reach of transit and facilitating access to more opportunities. Now with this innovative partnership, agencies can easily integrate these benefits into their services.”
Spare’s clients are now able to leverage the Lyft integration, which is live and being used to deliver on-demand transit programs in the US. Through this partnership, we accelerate our shared efforts to provide agencies with innovative technologies that expand mobility and improve rider experience.