Split shutting down DC ride-sharing service

WASHINGTON — Split, a ride-sharing service whose model is built on carpooling, is shutting down its D.C. service effective Oct. 3.

Split launched its service with limited coverage in the District in May 2015 and had expanded to cover 24 square miles of the District.

The ride-share business has become increasingly competitive in the District, even in the carpool space, with both Lyft and Uber now offering carpool sharing services.

Split did not say why it was shutting down its D.C. service. The company said in a statement it will retain its staff to refocus efforts on the next generation of transportation challenges, new products and new services. Split did not elaborate.

The company said it is working to help find its drivers new employment. It said Silver Spring-based Transdev North America, one of its investors, is extending offers to drivers for full-time positions.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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