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Vickie Smith, executive director of the Van Wert County United Way, said transportation assistance was the county's top unmet need in 2015, Kate O'Connell reports for The Van Wert Independent. Liberty Mobility Now is filling that need, providing rides for $1 per mile, plus a booking fee. The service, which began in February, takes riders anywhere for reason—"medical appointments, employment, shopping excursions, or a safe ride home after a night out."
Liberty in Van Wert County has hired 13 drivers, who work as independent contractors and use their own vehicles, and has plans to hire a fleet of 20 drivers "to ensure access to riders throughout a 24-hour cycle," O'Connell writes. "Drivers work whenever they want and find passengers through the Liberty Mobility app, available through the Apple Store and Google Play." A call center will soon be opening in Nebraska, for people who don’t have the technology to use the app. "Liberty is also developing an online portal for agencies to schedule rides for clients up to one month in advance."