SGV Connect 45 – Unions for Ride-Hail Workers and an Update on Via

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This week, SGV Connect looks at two issues impacting ride-hail in the San Gabriel Valley.

First, Kris Fortin interviews Mike Long, spokesperson for Mobile Workers Alliance, the umbrella group started by SEIU 721 to organize ride-hail workers. Stories of Uber and Lyft drivers striking and demanding better wages have been hot locally and nationally. Fortin and Long dive into local efforts to improve the salaries and lives for TNC workers.

Next, Damien Newton speaks with Maria Sullivan, the point person for Metro’s contract with Via, a private ride-hail partner. This Spring, Metro launched a Mobility-On-Demand pilot program where Via would operate around three areas, including 10 bus and rail stations. To better reach riders, the subsidized program is now completely free to transit riders who either begin or end their trip at one of the transit stations. More information on the program, how to sign-up, and the thirteen stations served, can be found at the Metro webpage.

In addition, the maps of the three service areas can be found below the podcast.

Coming Next Week: Big news on the next Gold Line Extension…

SGV Connect is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”


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Via provides on-demand rides to and from Metro’s North Hollywood Station, Metrolink’s Burbank – Downtown station, and Metrolink’s Burbank Airport – South station.
Via provides on-demand rides to and from Metro’s North Hollywood Station, Metrolink’s Burbank – Downtown station, and Metrolink’s Burbank Airport – South station.
Via provides on-demand rides to and from Metro’s El Monte station, as well as the Metrolink El Monte station.
Via provides on-demand rides to and from Metro’s El Monte station, as well as the Metrolink El Monte station.
Via provides on-demand rides to and from the five Metro stations shown on the map above.
Via provides on-demand rides to and from the five Metro stations shown on the map above.
  • elliot

    How is it fair and equitable that Via is free but bus riders still have to pay to get to a train/bus station. El Monte is the main transit hub of the SGV. Almost every bus line goes into El Monte Station. Within the Via service area, bus rides into the station are quick and short (less than 3 miles/less than 15 min bus ride) There are so many frequent bus lines going into El Monte Station. Via is just cannibalizing bus service. he most depressing thing is that Via could be useful when bus lines aren’t frequent (late night) but when bus service drops to once an hour (8pm), Via also ends service. Metro should fund bus service instead of competing with their own bus lines and uber/lyft.

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