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Vegas transit officials to end pilot ride-hailing program

December 25, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-area transportation officials have decided not to continue a test program offering a ride-hailing service because it was too expensive.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada launched a pilot program six months ago called Trip to Strip, allowing people to use their smartphones to request a ride to and from McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Resort Corridor and other resorts as far south as The M.

The 24-hour service allowed people to catch a ride in one of 12 vans that held up to 11 passengers.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the service will end Dec. 30.

More than 60,000 people used the service during its six month test, according to the transportation commission.

The commission’s spokeswoman Angela Castro said that more passengers were using the ride-hailing service each month but the commission decided to discontinue the project after the end of the six-month pilot period because of the transit system’s tight budget.

The program cost nearly $3 million and generated only about $300,000 in revenue.

Castro said the test program provided valuable insight to the commission for use in a possible future transit project.