New shared-ride service launches here

Via, an on-demand shared ride services today expanded its Chicago-area service to include Evanston.

All shared rides within Evanston will have a $3 flat fare. Via aims to be a first-and-last mile solution, connecting residents and commuters to rail stations without the need for a personal vehicle.

“At Via, our goal is to eliminate the need for private car ownership by providing affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly on-demand shared transportation that can seamlessly integrate into existing public transit infrastructure” said Alex Lavoie, US General Manager of Via.

Using the Via app, passengers select their pick up and drop off location and confirm their ride. Via’s algorithm enables multiple riders to seamlessly share a single vehicle.

It directs passengers to a nearby corner – a virtual bus stop – for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours that take riders out of their way.

Lavoie says that enables Via’s system to transport a high volume of passengers while using a fraction of the number of vehicles utilized by taxis or on-demand car services. By grouping multiple passengers into a single shared vehicle, Via reduces congestion and emissions, providing an inexpensive, eco-friendly, and convenient transportation alternative.

In addition to Chicago, Via operates in New York and Washington, DC.

It also been tapped by cities and transit authorities in the United States and around the world to help re-engineer public transit from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network, including partnerships in Arlington, Texas; West Sacramento California; Los Angeles, and Seattle.

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