Should Metro outsource late-night service to Uber and Lyft?

Source: Martine Powers, Washington Post, September 23, 2016

As Metro seeks to permanently cancel late-night subway service, officials are looking at alternatives to help curb the impact on riders — and one of those alternatives might be ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft. … During the meeting, the board voted to approve plans for a public hearing in October on the proposed late-night service cuts. General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld is pushing for the  cuts because he believes track workers need more time to perform maintenance and conduct inspections — a view that has been supported by reports from the Federal Transit Administration. … Instead, Goldman explained in an interview Friday, he believes Metro might be able to subsidize travel with ride-share apps, directing late-night Metro riders to wait for pickups at designated pickup spots or at bus stops. Maybe, he said, the companies would be willing to cap their rates for late-night rides near Metro’s existing transit routes, in exchange for free advertising on trains and buses and in stations. … Metro is already considering a potential partnership with Uber and Lyft to help provide paratransit service in an attempt to curb the costs of the expensive MetroAccess program. Boston’s transit system just started a similar program, in which people with disabilities or limited mobility pay the first $2 of each trip, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority covers up to an additional $13 of each fare. …