Following a proposal to create a bus line along some of Chesterfield’s poorest areas, the response of some county officials may have initially seemed reminiscent of Marie Antoinette: Let them take Uber.

As it turns out, they were serious. Presently, the county is considering the creation of a subsidized service for low-income residents through the ride provider. Last month, Chesterfield launched a pilot program to give some county residents free Uber rides, the data from which will be used to study whether a similar program could serve as a transportation alternative to fixed-route buses.

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