A new free transportation program has come to Lafayette for residents who need an on-demand type of service.
The program allows for door-to-door service in locations in Lafayette and the Kestrel community in Louisville. The area is generally bounded by Arapahoe on the north, 119th/120th Street on the east, the Good Samaritan Medical Center on the south and 95th/96th Street on the west.
“It’s an on-demand, non-fixed route service,” said Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros. “It will travel anywhere within that defined geographical service area.”
Commuting Solutions is working with Boulder County Transit to promote the program.
DeBarros said information was gathered to show where within the city people resided who would benefit most.
“The service is modeled after RTD’s Flex Ride Service,” DeBarros said. “There are several flex rides already in Boulder County and Broomfield County. Recognizing the community need, and existing services, this has been a service that the county has been wanting to highlight for some time.”
The program was financed through a Denver Regional Council of Governments Human Transportation Services grant and Boulder County Trails and Transit sales tax, which totaled $360,000 for the year.
The county will apply for a second year of funding, which would take the program to summer of 2022, if awarded.
Residents and visitors can use the service to connect to transit stops, go to medical appointments, run errands, get to work and visit the community center.
DeBarros added the service could even be for middle or high school students who do not have a mode of transportation.
The service operates between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Sunday and on holidays. All trips will start and end in the service area.
To book a ride, people can contact the service by phone at 833-456-3359, use the website ridefreelafayette.com or use the On Demand Transit: Ride App, which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play.
For more information, visit commutingsolutions.org.