July 25, 2017

Laguna Beach partners with Uber to provide transportation for seniors and the disabled – a first in the U.S.



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April 27, 2017 – London, UK – File photo dated 31/08/16 of an Uber car, as the taxi firm is offering its workers a range of benefits such as sickness and injury cover which it says is the first of its kind for self-employed drivers. (ZUMA Press) LAGUNA BEACH Seniors and disabled residents who need a ride to shops in town or medical appointments will have a new option in June — calling Uber.

The City Council voted Tuesday to start a pilot program with Uber, the on-demand ride service company, to supplement transportation needs for those 55 and older and the disabled who have relied on the city’s mainline bus service, which is being cut in some areas and reduced in others.

It is Uber’s first partnership with a city in the U.S., Jarryd Davis, manager of marketing and regulatory partnership for Uber West Coast, told the council.

Other cities contract with Yellow Cab, but that doesn’t work in Laguna because there are not enough people who need transportation, said Charlie Quilter, board president of Laguna Beach Seniors. With the city’s demographic being nearly 50 percent 55-and-above, the demand is there and Uber recognizes that, he said.

Passengers will get […]

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