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To further support downtown’s vibrant nighttime economy, the City of Orlando will launch a Rideshare Hub pilot program this spring aimed at enhancing the downtown experience and improving traffic and safety in the area.
The new hubs, one of the first transportation concepts like this in the nation, will offer dedicated pick-up lanes for cabs and rideshare drivers to help more efficiently move people out of downtown during late night hours. The new Rideshare Hubs will also feature public restrooms, enhanced lighting and dedicated security. Future plans include the addition of mobile food vending options at these hubs.
The two Rideshare Hubs are part of a six-month pilot program and will be located at Magnolia Avenue near Heritage Square and Gertrude’s Avenue near Jefferson and Washington Streets. The hubs will operate on downtown Orlando’s busiest nights, Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 3:00 a.m.
The city’s Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency Nighttime Economy Manager, Dominique Greco, is spearheading the development of this hub concept for the city, and brought together rideshare companies, Lyft and Uber, as partners on the pilot. Each company will create a functionality within their individual platforms to direct rideshare drivers and users to the hub closest to them when exiting downtown on Friday and Saturday nights.
Through this pilot, the city will evaluate data and seek feedback from the community. Additionally, the pilot will explore the hubs’ effectiveness as gathering spaces and drawing the public to them in an easily identifiable and organized approaches to leave late night in downtown Orlando. For more information, click here.