OAKLAND — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced that its 511 Rideshare program is partnering with Lyft to launch a new carpooling option for Bay Area commuters. This partnership will bring together Lyft’s peer-to-peer ridesharing platform and MTC’s established efforts to promote carpooling to make it easier for Bay Area residents to share rides.
Lyft’s new carpooling service will allow commuters to offset the costs of driving on their regular commute routes. More details on this new carpooling service—which will operate separately from existing Lyft services—will be made available in the coming weeks, but interested drivers can sign up now at lyft.com/carpool.
Commuters already have the option of using MTC’s 511 RideMatch system to find carpools, vanpools or bicycle partners. The partnership with Lyft continues MTC’s longstanding commitment to promoting carpooling and supporting technologies that make ridesharing more convenient, and represents MTC’s first official partnership with a Transportation Network Company. MTC also has partnerships with the carpool-matching apps Carma (gocarma.com) and Scoop (takescoop.com).
MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.