The city of Denver wants to give people rides in Montbello. For free.

  • Date: 08/10/2021

We are not talking about buses or trains or bikes or scooters. This fleet is three cars — an electric Chevy Volt, a hybrid Chrysler minivan and a gas-powered Ford van — to cover 3.5 square miles in Montbello, a neighborhood with a relatively high number of people who depend on transit.

Riders will use an app or call for a ride — in English or Spanish — and drivers will scoop them in 30 minutes or less, with a goal of 15 minutes, said Stephen Rijo, a city planner with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, who developed the pilot. Assuming demand is high enough, people will share rides and an algorithm will work out the type of vehicle and the route, much like the carpool options offered by Uber and Lyft.

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