(Posted on Dec 28, 2018 at 05:03PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Ford has launched a new, free-to-use ridesharing pilot program to help the impoverished residents of Detroit get to and from two local food banks using the brand’s 2018 Transit Connect. It’s similar to the successful GoRide initiative which takes poverty-stricken citizens (predominantly seniors and individuals with disabilities) to their doctor's appointments.
Since the project began in November, the company has assisted over 100 people in just over a month. The goal is to address the underlying issue of the correlation between income inequality and transportation. According to studies, the latter needs to be reliable and affordable to ensure new and better economic opportunities.
The van has a standard seating capacity of two passengers (with optional add-ons available) and a maximum cargo volume of 128.6 cubic feet. This is perfect for commercial use when you have to haul a lot of goods or when you need a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible. What’s more, although it’s a big vehicle with a length of 189.7 inches and a width of 72.2 inches, you won’t need to stop and fill it up frequently because the EPA gave it an impressive estimated MPG of 20 in the city and 27 on the highway.