What is Via? Via Rideshare Guide 2019
Via is a rideshare company founded in 2012, which markets itself as an emerging competitor to established rideshare companies, like Lyft and Uber.
Via aims to change mass transportation by figuring out the most efficient way to get large groups of passengers (i..e, up to six passengers) headed in similar directions — allowing them to arrive at their ultimate destinations with speed, efficiency, and — best of all — an extremely low price-point.
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Where does VIA operate (2019)?
Via currently operates in the following US Cities:
- Via NYC
- Via Chicago
- Via Washington DC
*Via plans to expand to Boston, as well as a range of other eastern US cities, at the end of 2017.
What makes Via different than Uber, or Lyft
Via eschews the usual ‘rideshare paradigm’ of single-car, single-passenger travel — specifically, Via looks to offer an alternative to Uber’s focus on transporting one (or two) passengers from point A to point B. Instead, Via aims to foster a new kind of ‘mass transit rideshare’.
Via Mass Transit Rideshare
Reportedly, Via is aiming to ‘’build a mass-transit system,” says its co-founder Daniel Ramot,
“Via is the only system designed from the ground up to allow for a fully dynamic public transportation system.”
How does Via work 2019?
Via’s concept is simple:
Customers share SUVs in Via’s system — and are usually picked up extremely close to their current locations, and often have to wait only five minutes or less.
Passengers are dropped off very close to (or directly at) their ultimate destinations.
Via Rates 2019 — A (Much) Less Expensive Alternative to Uber and Lyft
Via’s rideshare strategy means that customers pay far less than they normally would for an Uber or Lyft ride.
NYC Via Rates & Prices:
For instance, in Manhattan, Via Passengers pay $5 (plus tax) for rides south of 110th Street from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
From 9.00pm to 12am (midnight) on weekends, Via passengers will pay approximately $6.
Chicago Via Rates & Prices:
In certain area of Chicago (i.e, the limited regions where Via’s service operates), costs are as follows:
Approximately $4.00 plus tax for from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
During rush hour, Via’s rates go up slightly.
Suburban Rideshare Discounts with Via
Via is interested in penetrating the suburban, exurban and rural markets – believing that lack of urban density is not an existential impediment to building robust rideshare model.
Via: Innovations, Expansion & Partnerships
In Orange County, California, Via has partnered with certain companies (in this case, Mercedes) to supply rides throughout the region.
In essence, Via is strategically aiming to fill a multitude of empty (or near-empty) SUVs and cars, which roam the highways of regions like Orange County and LA County (and many other parts of California).
Via aims to push rideshare beyond existing services like UberPOOL, Lyft Line , or UberCOMMUTE — effectively de-clogging roads, reducing vehicle expense, improving convenience, and simultaneously reducing traffic & vehicle emissions.
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