A new program starting this month will give riders a $5 discount for using ridesharing services through Lyft and Uber for midday trips.
The new discount program is being spearheaded by MVgo, the free shuttle program established by the Mountain View Transportation Management Association.
While the MVgo shuttles are free, they travel only during commute hours between the city's downtown transit center and the North Bayshore area. The new promotion with Lyft and Uber is meant to help riders who need to get around town between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the weekday shuttles aren't operating. Riders who participate will receive a discount of up to $5 per trip.
In order to receive the discount, riders must request a shared rider from Lyft or Uber and enter the promotional code "MVGO2019." This discount will only apply for shared rides, not solo rides. Riders can receive the discount on a maximum to 10 shared trips.
The new ride-sharing discounts are being described as a new effort to encourage commuters to use shared rides and alternative transportation. The program is being tested as a pilot that will last for at least three months.
In related news, the Mountain View Transportation Management Association is hosting a booth with free snacks and coffee at the downtown transit center from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 24 in celebration of Earth Awareness Month.
More information about the programs can be found at MVgo.org.
New measles case
Santa Clara County reported a second case of measles within one week on Friday, March 29, saying a county resident contracted the infection while traveling abroad.
Public risk from the case is very low, according to the county, which is contacting everyone who may have come into contact with the person.
The case is unrelated to one reported on March 26 involving an international traveler who visited 20 locations in the county last week.
County public health officials said the rate of measles vaccination in Santa Clara County is very high, so most people are protected from the infection. People with weakened immune systems or unvaccinated children are at higher risk.
County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said to call a doctor immediately if anyone who may have contracted measles experiences fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash beginning on the face.
Health officials also reminded anyone planning international travel to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations.
Home sales hit 11-month low
Over the course of February in the Bay Area, 4,354 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold, up nearly 13 percent from the previous month, but the year-over-year trajectory is trending downward, according to a report issued Thursday by CoreLogic, a housing research firm.
February's sales represent a drop of 12.8 percent from the 4,993 sold in February 2018. The year-over-year fall in sales has continued for the past nine consecutive months. This February's numbers are the lowest for that month since 2008, when 3,989 homes were sold, according to the report.
Sales of newly built homes in particular fared even worse this February, with a decline of 43.9 percent from the month's historical average of new home sales. Additionally, resales of existing houses were down 25.3 percent from the February average.
Andrew LePage, a CoreLogic analyst, said in a statement, "For the third month in a row, Bay Area home sales were at an 11-year low for that month. However, the year-over-year decline in sales has ratcheted down the past two months."
"The lessening of the declines likely reflects, among other things, a significant drop in mortgage rates since they hit a seven-year high last November, as well as more listings compared with early last year and an improving stock market in early 2019. Those factors are likely putting some would-be buyers back into home-shopping mode," LePage said.
The homes sold in the Bay Area in February commanded a median price of $770,000. This represents an increase of 5.5 percent from $730,000 in January and 2.7 percent from $750,000 in February 2018.
Year-over-year, median home prices have been rising since April 2012, a streak of 83 consecutive months. And of homes sold, prices over $500,000 have accounted for increasing shares of the market: 76 percent of all sales in February, up from 74.8 percent of sales in February 2018.
—Bay City News Service
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