Kent transport

Free app offers affordable on-demand rides in the Kent Valley

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A new service is paving the way for improved all-day and weekend mobility to and from the Kent Valley and the East Hill of Kent – Ride Pingo to Transit is a new pilot program from King County Metro Transit.

It allows users in the Kent Valley service area to schedule on-demand shared rides on an accessible vehicle for 14 people to connect them to Kent train station or the Kent Valley hub, where they can transfer to Metro buses to both hubs or to the Sound Transit buses. and the Sound Train at Kent Station.

Users in the Kent Valley service area can plan on-demand shared rides in an accessible vehicle for 14 people.

Rides are priced at $2.75 adult, $1.50 ORCA LIFT and youth, $1.00 RRFP, free for children 5 and under. Users can pay using an ORCA card, GO Transit ticket, cash, transfer or paper ticket. That’s far less than the $35.00 each way Kent pensioner Trish Karn paid using popular transport services. But even better than that, she explains, is the personal component of the Pingo service.

“When they come right to my door and pick me up, I feel special,” Karn said. “It saves me from being isolated since I no longer drive.”

The resourceful senior even figured out how to use Ride Pingo to Transit to connect to a bus that drops her off directly at Covington Costco.

Riders we spoke with said the service was easy to use. Simply download the free Android or iOS app to plan rides, or call 855-233-6043 to request service, which is available Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. .

According to rider Vicky Bach, who – before Omicron’s latest COVID-19 surge – was a weekday daily rider who commuted from her home in Lakewood via the Sounder train and then used Pingo to connect her from Kent station straight to his work in a Kent Office Park.

“It’s a great app! It’s simple and reliable; they always show up,” Bach said.

She explained that with Pingo, she experiences fewer delays and better reliability in establishing her connection. It also gives him the flexibility to work late or leave early. She looks forward to using Ride Pingo to Transit when her employer ends work-from-home protocols.

ride pingo accessibilityThe Ride Pingo to Transit service was designed in response to needs identified by the Renton Kent Auburn Area Mobility Project (RKAAMP). Outreach to residents, employers and community organizations in these areas produced feedback indicating that access to shift and night work in Kent Valley fulfillment centers was important to many residents of Kent East neighborhoods Hill, but gaps in transport services were present.

The pilot program is funded through December 2022. It is made possible through various grants and partnerships.

Local leaders are excited about this addition to public transport options in the Kent Valley.

“Ride Pingo to Transit will provide Kent residents with much-needed access to affordable and flexible public transit,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph. “This service will allow our residents to better access our transit hubs and work in the Kent Valley and beyond. . I’m very excited about the launch of this new service and can’t wait to try it myself!

“Public transport is not unique,” added King County Councilman Dave Upthegrove, who represents East Hill in Kent. “Offering innovative and flexible service options like Ride Pingo to Transit will increase options for Kent residents and allow Metro to provide the most appropriate transit services to our communities based on their specific needs.”

It seems clear that Ride Pingo to Transit is easy, affordable and fulfills a need in the Kent Valley. Why not try it today? You can easily download the app here and connect to more transit opportunities than ever before.

For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/metro/RidePingo or download the Ride Pingo app to android Where iPhone.

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