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Via to expand shared-ride services

Arlington (TX) and West Sacramento (CA) have both selected Via to provide on-demand ridesharing services in their cities.  The service is expected to complement existing transit routes in California, but the Texas program will replace the city’s commuter bus route.

In Arlington, Via will operate an on-demand ridesharing program to serve specific neighborhoods for a one-year pilot starting on December 11, 2017.  Customers will be able to book a ride with Via’s mobile application or by dial-in telephone number.  Via will replace the Metro ArlingtonXpress commuter bus service, known as MAX, which will end on December 31, 2017.

“This is an opportunity for us to try Via’s innovative transportation system that will offer our residents and visitors a cost-effective way to get around the city,” said Mayor Jeff Williams in a statement.

In West Sacramento, Via will provide shared rides within city limits.  Customers will continue to rely on other transportation options to access Sacramento and other localities.  Via expects to use up to 10 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans for the one-year pilot.

City planners will work with Via and the Yolo County Transportation District to explore the potential for free or reduced fares for trips to and from transit stops and bikeshare stations.  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the Sacramento Bee that he expects some current paratransit customers switch to Via.

“The partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of West Sacramento’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work, and play,” Cabaldon said in a statement. “This initiative will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion, and promote overall livability.”  Service is expected to begin in West Sacramento in Spring 2018.

Via began in Manhattan (NY) in 2013 and is currently operating in Brooklyn (NY), Chicago (IL),and Washington (DC).

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