OnDemand service gets strong initial response

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From June 5, when Sarasota County Area Transit launched its new OnDemand service in four county zones, through July 11, 304 trips had been completed in the Siesta zone, county staff reported.

The OnDemand services, which are being handled under county contract with a firm based in New York, allow persons to reserve trips through a mobile app for Apple and Google devices and by phone at (941) 300-1553.

The cost for the service is $1.25.

“After you book a ride, the app will display your pickup spot — we’ll either give you the address or business name at your pickup spot to help you find it,” a county fact sheet says. “All pick-ups should be at your requested location or within a block.”

Further, the fact sheet notes that all the vehicles will be branded with the logo and colors of OnDemand by Sarasota County, so they should be easy to recognize.

A mini bus is being used for many of the trips, county documents also have indicated.

When the county commissioners approved the OnDemand proposal, they likened it to use of Uber and Lyft.

The hours for the OnDemand service are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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