Innisfil, population 32,727 as of 2014, concluded in a March council meeting that subsidizing the car-hailing service was a better deal than paying for a bus line. The city plans to pay 100,000 Canadian dollars (about $75,000) for a first stage of the program and CA$125,000 for a second round about 6 to 9 months in. That compares to CA$270,000 annually for one bus and CA$610,000 for two, the town said. The town evaluated on-demand transit proposals as an alternative to buses. "Uber emerged as the only company with an app-based platform (i.e. UberPool) that would facilitate ridesharing and the matching of two or more passengers on trips across the entire town," the town said in its explanation of the move. Innisfil will subsidize Uber trips so citizens pay between CA$3 and CA$5 themselves, depending on the destination, the town said. "You can't have taxpayers pay for a transit system which they cannot use," Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope told The Toronto Star. "And this was a transit system that people can get from anywhere in the town of Innisfil, and use it for a reasonable price."

Sacramento light rail announces arena partnership with Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab

Regional Transit and city officials have announced several last-minute efforts to make travel easier to and from the downtown Golden 1 Center, which will open Tuesday night with a Paul McCartney concert.

RT, which plans to extend light-rail service later on arena event nights, announced an agreement Monday with three ride-sharing companies, Uber, Lyft and Yellow Cab, for up to $5 off rides for people who use one of those services to go to or from six selected light-rail stations on event nights this year.

The six stations are Roseville Road, Florin, Franklin, Watt/Manlove, Sunrise and Power Inn. Each station will have RT guides to help out beginner riders. RT officials say they believe some suburban residents might choose to leave their cars at home and take ride-sharing services to light-rail stations, then board trains to the downtown arena.

“We decided, instead of looking at each other as competitors, let’s embrace roles and work as partners,” said Folsom City Councilman Andy Morin, an RT board member.

Ride-sharing companies also plan to take people directly to the arena. The city has set up three drop-off and pick-up zones nearby.

For information about RT’s collaboration with ride-sharing companies, go to www.sacrt.com/stationlink.stm.

Riders can purchase tickets at fare machines on train station platforms at each station. RT officials, however, advise riders to download the RideSacRT app beforehand, and purchase tickets on the app. A single ride ticket costs $2.75. A round-trip discount pass for up to four people will cost $14 for the group.