The first trip of the week is now over, and the first round of rides are under way.
In the first day of the year, DC Public Transit opened its new system, which is a bit like a ride-hailing app for public transit.
“It’s like Uber for public transportation,” said Ryan Moore, the agency’s general manager.
On Tuesday, riders will get a ride from the Washington, D.C., Transit Museum, to a bus stop that’s near the National Mall.
Then, riders can hop on a bike to a stop along a stretch of Route 202, a new route that connects the National Capital Region to Washington, DC.
If you can’t find a bike that fits your needs, you can hop onto Metro, a bus service that’s free to ride for anyone who has a bike and pays for the trip.
Metro has been operating its new routes since July.
The ride from National Mall to Washington is the first one, Moore said, but riders can use other stops in the District, including Georgetown, Prince George’s County, Prince William, Montgomery, and Arlington counties.
Metro is also testing its new service to connect to the city’s commuter rail network, which runs along a number of routes in the city.
The new service is free to use, but Metro says riders can purchase a Metro card for a flat fare to ride the service.
Moore said Metro is planning to add a few new routes in 2018.
As the agency moves forward with new routes, it will continue to upgrade existing routes and make improvements.
When the new system launches, Metro is partnering with local businesses to connect passengers with a new app that helps riders find their way around the region.
For now, Metro has an app that works on Android and iOS.
You can find out more about Metro at michigan.gov/mtsr/mntr, or call 311.