Monday, July 11, 2016

Liberty, The Lyft for Rural America

One of the most common needs I hear from people when out in the public is that they need
transportation to services such as medical appointments and shopping from rural areas. Because outlying areas often have less expensive housing, many people choose to live outside the urban area. This is fine except that many start to experience mobility issues as they get older. The distance to the nearest city or a lack of public transit in rural areas can make getting around a challenge.

According to Silicon Prairie News, a new service could be the Uber or Lyft for rural dwellers. Liberty offers an Uber-like app people can use to get rides to the nearest urban area.

Besides getting people where they need to go, Liberty creators say the service will add jobs (drivers for the service) in rural communities where they are often needed.

So far, Liberty is only available in Texas and Nebraska and there is no word when, or if, it will be expanding.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.