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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 www.wmata.com/afterhours) 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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