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Bloomington Transit to expand transportation options

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Bloomington Transit will expand their voucher program with Uber and Lyft and begin allowing people to schedule same-day rides starting July 3.

BT Access riders can currently make reservations for the following day and up to 14 days in advance. The new program will allow riders to schedule same-day trips and limit people to two trips per day, according to a City of Bloomington press release. Even with the new program, Bloomington Transit will continue to encourage riders to make advanced reservations.

The Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation decided in May to continue their partnership with Uber and Lyft after the pilot program began in June 2022. Riders took more than 50,000 trips since the launch, according to the press release.

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Bloomington Transit will continue to offer their Late Nite voucher program, which runs from 9:00 pm to midnight Monday through Friday, with an updated cost-sharing arrangement beginning on July 3. Originally, riders would pay the first $1 of the ride and BPTC would pay up to $19 per trip. Beginning July 3, riders will pay the first $2 of the trip and BPTC will pay the remaining cost of the trip up to $14.

The Eastside On-Demand voucher program that runs from South Sare Road, College Mall, Eastland Plaza, 3rd Street, State Route 446, N Smith Road and 10th Street will be discontinued as of June 30, according to the press release.

The new transportation options are funded through the City of Bloomington’s Local Income Tax.

To schedule trips, riders can call 812-336-7433 and select option three or visit bloomingtontransit.com.

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