St. Louis to launch microtransit pilot this week

Brief:

  • Downtown STL, the downtown business association in St. Louis, is funding a microtransit pilot that begins Thursday.
  • Users can request the five-passenger, zero emissions electric vehicles, called eCabs, with an app similar to those used for ride-sharing, or they can request a trip by phone or hail a vehicle like a traditional cab. The service provides point-to-point dynamic routing for trips anywhere within the city's downtown area. 
  • The eCab service will be free during the trial period, which runs from March 1 through June 30.

St. Louis is the latest city to experiment with the microtransit trend, which has been getting a lot of attention in recent months. A number of cities in California — including Sacramento and Los Angeles — have been early adopters of microtransit pilot programs.

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