Ride-hailing company Lyft is introducing a new “Nearby Transit” feature for app users in the Boston area on Wednesday.
Boston marks the sixth city to have the feature from Lyft, which will allow users to survey the quickest routes to any given place. The app will now offer a “multimodal suite of transportation options,” showing nearby MBTA transit routes and schedules inside the Lyft app, and how far away the nearest public transit options are.
The company says more transportation options complements their mission “to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.” Though cheaper MBTA rides could detract from Lyft fares, the new feature aims to attract regular users to the Lyft app.
“We’re connecting people to more transportation options within the app than ever, and we believe that by better integrating Lyft and public transit, we can make it easier and more efficient for people to get around the Boston area,” Tyler George, General Manager for Lyft Boston, said in a statement.
Lyft said it worked with the city of Boston and its transportation partners to provide multiple travel options within the app, including greener options like the city’s Blue Bikes bike-share system.
Uber, Lyft’s main ride-hailing competitor, announced similar ambitions to make public transit more accessible back in April. Uber said it had partnered with Masabi, a software company focused on mobile ticketing and fare collection for public transit. The goal of the two companies is to create a feature that would allow Uber users to pay for public transit fares, though the app has yet to implement any such option.
Lyft has rolled out its “Nearby Transit” app option already in Santa Monica, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.