LA Metro and Via enter partnership to offer shared rides to transit stations

Posted: 20 November 2017 | | No comments yet

The project between Via and LA Metro to offer first- and last-mile services to connect to major public transport stations is set to launch in summer 2018…

LA Metro and Via enter partnership to offer shared rides to transit stations

A new partnership between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (LA Metro) and on-demand, shared rides company Via is offering LA residents a new way to connect to major bus and train stations.

The project, expected to begin in summer 2018, is funded partially by a $1.35 million federal grant from the FTA (Federal Transit Administration) to use technology to service first- and last-mile needs.

Using the Via app, passengers will be able to book a seat in a shared, dynamically-routed vehicle to or from three major metro stations. The algorithm that powers Via’s technology will match passengers with others going their way in a vehicle that follows an optimised, flexible route that minimises detours and delays.

Via will collaborate closely with LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation to expand LA’s mobility options, improving access to public transportation, and providing an affordable, equitable, and accessible way to Go Metro.

“Via’s shared ride technology is perfect for connecting more people to public transit. Metro is committed to offering innovative services to the public, and we are excited to help Metro solve the first- and last-mile challenge and help millions of new passengers take advantage of other public transportation options,” said Daniel Ramot, co-Founder and CEO of Via.

“Metro is committed to expanding mobility options in Los Angeles County by leveraging Via’s innovations and expertise in offering dynamic shared rides,” said Joshua Schank, Chief of LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. “Our project with Via demonstrates that there is potential to align public and private sector interests to improve mobility and provide a public benefit through ensuring that rides are affordable, equitable, and accessible for all of our customers.”

Access to public transportation is a right, not a privilege…

“We’re making our systems more inclusive – because access to public transportation is a right, not a privilege,” said Metro Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Everyone should be able to make a trip on Metro buses and trains, and these funds will help more riders get where they’re going quickly and conveniently.”