Ridesharing Makes the Grade When School-Year Traffic Picks Up

Lennar Dallas/Ft. Worth

How to be a savvy driver and avoid traffic when the school-year begins!

With all the high-tech traffic news coming out of the Metroplex in recent months about ridesharing, the new school year looks like it could be a Sunday drive.

Two big stories about futuristic transportation initiatives arrived back-to-back this spring from Arlington and Frisco, both cities where Lennar boasts a host of Everything’s Included® communities. Everything’s included, apparently, also includes ways to make your drive to work easier, especially when the kids get back to school and the roads get back to jammed.

In May, CNBC reported that a California-based software company was set to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in July in Frisco. Drive.ai selected the highly desirable city north of Dallas for its pilot program to operate a fleet of Nissan NV cargo vans.

With a smartphone app, you simply hail one of the distinctive orange vehicles, and the car takes you on a “micro-transit,” a five- to seven-minute trip where you just don’t feel like driving yourself or park once you get there. You also get the joy of a driverless car dealing with other drivers.

While some folks may have concerns about autonomous technology, experts and proponents say the great thing about AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is that it learns as it goes along. Which is the same way we all learned how to drive, anyway?

Meanwhile, Travel + Leisure reported in March that the city of Arlington is replacing its city buses with 10 Mercedes-Benz vans. Come again? Using a new app-centric ride-sharing program, riders in Arlington can summon vehicles from Via, a service similar to Uber and Lyft, according to T+L, which cited CBS This Morning.

Via’s prices aren’t all that different from a bus or metro ride in other major cities. You can fetch a vehicle on-demand for a flat $3 fee or purchase a $10 weekly pass.

Lennar’s communities throughout Dallas-Fort Worth are known, in part, for their prime locations convenient to the Metroplex’s major thoroughfares, from the interstates to the tollways.

Such excellent proximity brings homebuyers that much closer to the area’s marquee employers. After all, Dallas and Fort Worth are home to nearly two dozen Fortune 500 companies and some 10,000 corporate headquarters.

So what does that mean for a Lennar homeowner?

One traffic tip: Ask around the office for anyone who lives close to your community, then share a ride to work or, at least, trade tips for faster, easier, more efficient trips to the office and elsewhere.

Better yet, ask your employer about working from home. Talk about Everything’s Included! No cars, no commute, no cares, and all the luxury of enjoying your new Lennar home.


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