CENTENNIAL, Colo., October 3, 2016 – The City of Centennial launched Go Centennial in mid-August and is already enhancing this pilot program with Go Centennial Access. For those with limited mobility, Go Centennial Access allows users to take a free ride in an accessible vehicle with a ramp, provided by Via, anywhere within RTD’s existing Dry Creek Call-n-Ride service area. The hours are the same as Go Centennial, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. This streamlined, innovative and tech-savvy approach helps people get where they need to go when they need to without scheduling hours or days in advance. In most cases, drivers are currently in the service area and can pick up a rider within 5 to 10 minutes.
“The hope of Go Centennial Access is to provide an easy option for those with limited mobility to get out and about. People can schedule their ride through their smartphone or by calling the City’s Citizen Response Center and be picked up in 10 minutes. Users of this service will not only be able to get to the light rail station, but also get to the doctor’s office, grocery stores or shopping within the service area,” says Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon. “Partnering with Via to provide accessible transportation services to passengers who are older adults, living with disabilities or who require the use of wheelchairs or other mobility devices is inclusive to the City’s demographics.”
“Via is thrilled to be a part of this pilot project, helping to ensure accessible transportation is available for people with limited mobility in compliance with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)” said Via’s executive director, Lenna Kottke.
The City of Centennial and the Denver South Transportation Management Association have committed $200,000 each to subsidize the Lyft Line/Access rides for the Go Centennial pilot program.
About Go Centennial
Go Centennial is a six-month pilot program that combines a multi-modal trip-planning mobile app and a fully-subsidized ridesharing service, providing a solution to the first and last mile challenge of getting to or from transit. This pilot program will test an entirely new platform for seamless door-to-door transit planning that streamlines information across multiple transportation modes. Go Centennial is the first multi-modal app of its kind to feature in-app booking with Lyft. This program was developed by the Centennial Innovation Team (i-team), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The City’s i-team developed the Go Centennial pilot concept and led development of the implementation plan by securing private-public partnerships with Xerox, Lyft, Via and the Denver South Transportation Management Association. Go Centennial is also the first public-private partnership in the nation to fully subsidize Lyft Line rides for transit commuters, and offer multiple ways to book and pay. The program is seamless for multi-modal app users and accessible even for those without smartphones.
How To Use Go Centennial Access
If you have a smartphone, install the Lyft app from the Apple Store or Google Play. When you first open the app, you will need to follow the registration prompts. Then, click the menu button in the upper right corner to open the menu, select “Payment” (for iPhone) or “Promos” (for Android phone). Enter the promo code CENTENNIALACCESS. Then return to the menu and select “Settings”, then “Services”. Select the “Access” mode then exit the menu then close and re-open the Lyft app. “Access” should now appear under Line, Lyft and Plus. Select the Lyft Access mode and enter your origin and destination. Once you select “Request Access” an accessible vehicle will be sent to your origin. To qualify for a free Go Centennial Access ride you must be registered through the Lyft app and be traveling within RTD’s existing Call-n-Ride service area, Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To follow along, visit go.centennialco.gov/access for video instruction on how to schedule a ride.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you may call Centennial’s Citizen Response Center at (303) 325-8000 and mention Go Centennial Access.
About Innovation Teams (i-teams)
In 2014, Centennial was selected as one of 12 U.S. cities to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team program, which aims to improve the capacity of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives. Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one City priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships and deliver measurable results.
About the app
Go Centennial is part of a suite of urban mobility apps launched this year by Xerox, including Go LA and Go Denver in the United States and Go Bangalore in India. Go Centennial is now available for iOS and Android systems in the Apple and Google Play stores by downloading the Go Denver app and selecting ‘Go Centennial’ from within the app.
Located in the south metro Denver area, the City of Centennial is home to more than 107,000 residents. As one of the safest cities in Colorado, Centennial has something for everyone, offering open-space, distinctive recreational activities and advanced business opportunities. The award-winning Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. USA Today and Money Magazine recently ranked Centennial among the "Best Places to Live" in America. The City is known as an innovative leader in successfully using both public and private partnerships to provide high quality and cost effective municipal services to our community and businesses.
Via is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering paratransit, travel training and mobility options information and referral services. Via also provides a wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and others living with mobility limitations.
About Denver South Transportation Management Association
We are the coalition of like-minded public and private entities banded to identify and introduce transportation solutions designed to spark mobility, ignite economic development and bolster the positive image the Southeast I-25 Corridor celebrates.
Denver South Transportation Management Association is comprised of multiple local governments including Arapahoe County, Douglas County, City of Greenwood Village, City of Centennial, City of Denver, City of Lone Tree; the Centennial Airport, along with our allegiance with the Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District (SPIMD) and the business community represented by the
Denver South Economic Development Partnership (DSEDP).
Allison Wittern, City of Centennial, 303-754-3443, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Cobb, Via, 303-473-2882, email@example.com