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The clock is ticking and the cash register is ringing as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has kicked off an effort to support late-night workers who travel when transit service is not available.

Since July 1, qualified workers – such as those in the hospitality or health-care industries – have been eligible to receive a $3 subsidy toward travel on Lyft for trips taken between their home and workplace between midnight and 4 a.m.

Known as the After-Hours Commuter Service, the program will provide qualified participants up to 10 discounted rides per week within Metro’s service area. It will run for a year or until the $1 million budget is exhausted.

“This program will provide late-night workers with a more affordable transportation option during overnight hours as we advance essential maintenance programs that improve safety and reliability,” said Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld.

Registration (at is required. Once approved, participants will receive a pass each month in the Lyft app on their mobile device.

Enrollment in the program is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to Metro customers with a registered SmarTrip card. Periodic audits will be conducted to ensure participants meet the qualifications for the program.

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