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RideKC Freedom

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon May 01, 2017 12:58 pm

RideKC Freedom launched today. It's a one-year pilot.

http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/new ... ail-a-ride
Here’s how it works: In two test areas of the city – one in the northland and another south of the river – riders can download the ATA’s RideKC Freedom On-Demand app (a call-in number is available for those without smartphones) and request a pick-up, much like traditional ride-sharing services. Then, using a combined fleet of taxies, other public transportation cars and private automobiles, a car will pick up the user.

The ATA says the fares for the general public are competitive with other ride-sharing services – a base rate of $10 for the first five miles, and $2 for each mile after.

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Post by JBmidtown » Mon May 01, 2017 2:30 pm

I really hope KCATA sticks with this pilot longer than they did late night service. These things take more than a year to gain momentum. And I'm still upset I can no longer take the Troost Max after midnight.

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Re: RideKC Freedom

Post by WoodDraw » Mon May 01, 2017 5:59 pm

What's the purpose of this? Why try to compete with Lyft and Uber?

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Post by DaveKCMO » Mon May 01, 2017 6:44 pm

The primary goal is to better serve the disabled population. Since it's taxi-based, kcata decided to make it available to everyone else. A portion of every "retail" trip goes back to the agency.

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Post by beautyfromashes » Mon May 01, 2017 7:16 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:A portion of every "retail" trip goes back to the agency.
Nothing like when the government can skim some profit off the top and compete with already established businesses.

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Post by DaveKCMO » Mon May 01, 2017 7:19 pm

It's an unsubsidized taxi trip, passed through a third party brand. Your point?

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Post by pash » Mon May 01, 2017 7:29 pm

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Post by kcjak » Tue May 02, 2017 8:04 am

pash wrote:I applaud the mindset of making it available to everybody, but the premium-turned-subsidy attached to non-disabled riders is a bad idea. The price is not competitive with Uber, and the experience probably won't be either. It would be better to try to get as many people riding it as possible—which means making it available as cheaply as possible, i.e., giving the ATA's cut back to the customer—and take it from from there.
My understanding is that short trips (less than 5 miles?) will be a flat $10. The last time I took Uber home (W 39th) from work (Crown Center) it was just over $12, and taxis have a history of trying to take the slowest, more expensive routes that typcially cost $14-$15. Why wouldn't I opt for RideKC Freedom over either of those?

Is there surge pricing? If not, I could use this for events at Sprint Center and not have to worry about jacked up Uber pricing or fighting for taxis.

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Post by shinatoo » Tue May 02, 2017 8:10 am

ADA: $3 for the first 8 miles & $2 each mile after
Ages 65+: $5 for the first 8 miles & $2 each mile after
General public: $10 for the first 5 miles and $2 each mile after

Trip sharing

http://ridekc.org/mobility-services/rid ... m-ondemand
Quocunque Jeceris Stabit

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Post by DaveKCMO » Tue May 02, 2017 4:43 pm

No surge pricing.

The model doesn't require a lot of full fare users to be successful. If you want an alternative to Uber or want to give a little back to the transit system, it's there for you to use.

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Re: RideKC Freedom

Post by DaveKCMO » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:46 pm

RideKC Freedom is expanding to all of Wyandotte County on April 1.

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Re: RideKC Freedom

Post by DaveKCMO » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:54 am

RideKC Freedom On Demand expanding to Independence: https://www.masstransitmag.com/press_re ... endence-mo

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