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RAPID selected to receive additional funding to continue to integrate AVs into existing Via Arlington  service, further expanding access to efficient, safe and equitable on-demand public transportation

March 18, 2022 (Arlington) — Arlington RAPID, the first program in the United States to integrate on-demand, autonomous vehicles (AVs) into an existing public transportation service, has provided more than 28,000 trips in its first year to residents, university students, and visitors around Downtown and The University of Texas at Arlington  campus. 

Arlington is excited to announce that the innovative autonomous vehicle pilot program will expand service later this year and continue to provide convenient, dependable public transportation in the heart of The American Dream City through at least 2024 thanks to additional grant support from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  

Since March 2021, the City has operated Arlington RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment  Integration Demonstration) in partnership with Via, May Mobility, and UT Arlington through a grant  provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The pilot program offers shared rides in autonomous  vehicles, operated by May Mobility, through Arlington’s on-demand public transit system, Via Arlington. With a 98% rider satisfaction rating, it’s clear that the Arlington community embraced the pilot program. 

Arlington RAPID, which is the City’s third successful autonomous vehicle transportation pilot project  since 2017, was one of only 25 projects to receive funding in 2020 through the FTA’s Integrated Mobility Innovation Program. Deployment funded by the grant ends today, March 18. 

“The City of Arlington continues to prove itself as a national leader on autonomous vehicle testing  and deployment,” Arlington Mayor Jim Ross. “Thanks to the FTA’s Integrated Mobility Innovation grant, the City and its partners were able to build upon the country’s vital autonomous vehicle research and improve access to school, work and every day needs for thousands of people, including those who require mobility assistance, through on-demand public transportation access.”

Arlington RAPID’s fleet of autonomous vehicles, including the wheelchair-accessible vehicle, will continue to be available to riders through the Via app or by calling Via’s customer service line at 817- 784-7382. Beginning Monday, March 21, the new hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday through  Friday. The service was previously available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The original goal of the RAPID project was to provide a blueprint for combining on-demand public transit and autonomous technologies to develop effective, efficient, safe and accessible  transportation for all riders. 

The RAPID service area is currently bounded by Division Street to the north, Mary Street to the east,  Mitchell Street to the south, and Davis Drive to the west. In all, more than 18 miles of Downtown streets have been mapped for the vehicles to take the most efficient path to pick up and drop off  riders. During the first year of service, Arlington RAPID reported a 99% on-time performance and the  vehicles were able to operate fully autonomously 80% of the time. 

First year results show that more than 60% of riders use RAPID to access essential destinations like medical facilities, school or employment opportunities, which demonstrates the success of the service as part of the existing on-demand public transit network, to fill critical transportation gaps and expand equitable access to transit across the city.  

“Arlington RAPID demonstrates how innovation and investment in the future of public transit are  critical to advance equity in our communities,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “We are proud to continue our long-term relationship with the City of Arlington in the next phase of the RAPID  program, and to be a model for other municipalities as they consider autonomous vehicles as a new  option to improve public transportation access.” 

This month, the North Central Texas Council of Governments awarded the City a new grant through its  autonomous vehicle program, which seeks to support and expand AV planning, testing, and deployment in the region. Arlington’s project is one of four selected for funding in the program’s second round. The grant will allow RAPID to operate for two additional years, as well as adding vehicles with higher seating  capacity and technology to move toward removing the human operator.  

“May Mobility and Arlington share a commitment to creating great transit through shared, on-demand  autonomous vehicles,” said Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility. “May is excited to continue serving the  Arlington community, and the learnings from this successful deployment will not only help advance our  AV technology, but also enhance our service offerings at future sites around the world.” 

Via’s standard fares apply to rides taken on Arlington RAPID by the general public. Because of UTA’s  participation in the pilot program and using dedicated funds from the FTA grant, the university’s students had been able to book rides on Arlington RAPID at no charge. The new discounted rate for UTA students is $1 off the standard fare per trip. 

“UTA continues to provide cutting-edge mobility services to support our student’s transportation  needs,” said Greg Hladik, executive director for Auxiliary Services at UTA. “It was very promising to watch how the student body responded to these self-driving shuttles and adopted them for their daily travel needs within the service zone. This pilot has taught us there are several applications on a college campus to incorporate self-driving technology into the traditional campus mobility network.” 

For more information about Arlington RAPID, please visit www.arlingtontx.gov/rapid.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

 

The proposal, Ulster Connect, has been awarded a Phase One grant through the New York Clean Transportation Prizes’ “Clean Neighborhoods Challenge.” Ulster County would be one of the only Counties in the State to offer on-demand, electric microtransit

March 14, 2022 (Ulster County, NY) — Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that a proposal to bring affordable, convenient, electric microtransit, on-demand through a mobile app, to Kingston and Ellenville has been selected as a Phase One Awardee in a statewide grant program. The proposal, Ulster Connect, has been awarded a Phase One grant through the New York Clean Transportation Prizes’ “Clean Neighborhoods Challenge.” The proposal is a joint initiative between Ulster County, Sustainable Hudson Valley, Family of Woodstock, and Via, the global leader in TransitTech, and will be the first mobility service of its kind in the county.

“Ulster County is excited to partner with Via to provide residents of the county access to clean, on-demand, electric transit,” County Executive Pat Ryan said. “Our innovative proposal has moved to the next round and we are one step closer to providing quick, efficient, and energy-smart transit to residents in the Kingston and Ellenville areas.”

“Via is proud to partner with Ulster County, a recognized leader for sustainability in New York State, to use our TransitTech software to expand access to mobility in underserved communities,” Head of Public Policy at Via Andrei Greenawalt said. “Via will work with Ulster County and community partners to ensure clean, affordable, and convenient transportation is available to those who need it most.”

Within the Ulster Connect microtransit app, Via’s intelligent algorithms will enable riders to book a ride to a location within the Kingston and Ellenville region, and then direct them to a “virtual bus stop” within a short walking distance – allowing for quick, efficient shared trips that provide more flexibility than traditional public transit fixed routes and schedules. To underscore Ulster County’s commitment to accessibility, riders without smartphones will be able to book a ride through phoning a call center.

In addition to the electrified microtransit service, the Ulster Connect program will also leverage community perspectives to inform the development of a smartphone app to make it easier for residents to plan and book efficient travel itineraries that use multiple modes of sustainable transportation (such as Ulster Connect, bikeshare, and existing electrified buses).

The Clean Transportation Prizes is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and aims to fund programs that electrify transportation, reduce air pollution, and enhance clean mobility for disadvantaged communities in New York State. As one of 17 projects announced through Phase One of the competition, Ulster Connect is eligible to compete for up to $85 million in grand prizes under Phase Two. The project proposal will receive a Phase One award package of up to $200,000, including a $100,000 planning grant for further proposal development, up to $50,000 in funding for community partners, and up to $50,000 in in-kind support from technical experts.

Ulster Connect will be able to compete for a final grand prize for the Clean Neighborhoods Challenge, which will award up to three $10 million grand prizes through Phase Two to innovative projects that address air pollution reduction at scale in underserved communities. As selected project teams finalize their proposals, they will prepare for a pitch competition to be held in the summer of 2022 with grand prize winners expected to be announced in late summer 2022.

Last month, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) put its first three electric buses on the road, which were purchased with funding from the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), administered by New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). The addition of three electric buses brings the number of green vehicles in Ulster County’s fleet to approximately 9% – major progress towards the County’s aggressive Green Fleet policy goal of 20% green by 2025 – with nine more buses scheduled to be replaced with electric buses in the coming years.

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About Ulster County

Ulster County is geographically about the size of the state of Rhode Island. It’s 90 miles north of Manhattan, between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. We have 180,000 full-time residents plus an influx of visitors on the weekends. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, who is serving his third year in office, is a fifth-generation Ulster County resident. After graduating from Kingston High School, Pat attended West Point and served two combat tours in Iraq as an Army intelligence officer. After leaving the military, he founded a small technology company, which he grew to over 150 employees. Pat lives in Gardiner with his wife, Rebecca, and their two sons, Theo and Cameron, and their two rescue cats.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

With RegioFlink, two on-demand vehicles will run as a supplement to existing public transport services, allowing greater convenience for locals and visitors in Wattens to connect with essential and leisure destinations

March 2, 2022 (Wattens, Austria) — On March 1, Via and VVT launched RegioFlink, the new public transport offering in Wattens, Austria. RegioFlink is a technology-based, on-demand transport service that only runs when and where it is needed, filling the gaps in existing public transport infrastructure. RegioFlink complements and extends VVT’s public transport network in a flexible and sustainable way. 

With RegioFlink, two on-demand vehicles will run as a supplement to existing public transport services, allowing greater convenience for locals and visitors in Wattens to connect with essential and leisure destinations.

RegioFlink is powered by software from Via, the global leader in TransitTech. Via’s intelligent algorithms allow RegioFlink passengers to book an on-demand ride by app or phone. It then directs them to a nearby “virtual bus stop” within a short walking distance for pick-up, and takes them to a stop close to their destination. This model allows for quick, efficient shared trips that provide more flexibility than traditional transportation options with fixed routes and schedules. Several passengers can share one vehicle, and wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be available. 

VVT Managing Director Alexander Jug on the launch of the first on-demand transport in Tyrol: “RegioFlink is a flexible addition to the existing public transport system. This brings us another step closer to establishing a holistic mobility system and the possibility of reducing individual transport.”

The municipality of Wattens is treading innovative mobility paths for Tyrol together with VVT. Mayor Thomas Oberbeirsteiner is pleased to be the first municipality in Tyrol to offer this modern service as part of a pilot project: “Wattens is an innovative municipality. And because innovation means thinking about the future, I am very pleased that we are introducing Tyrol’s first RegioFlink with VVT. We need creative mobility offers to meet today’s requirements of sustainable mobility. We can now offer the population of Wattens, as well as people commuting to Wattens, a flexible and sustainable transport service for the last mile.” 

Service times and costs

Regioflink runs in the entire municipal area of Wattens from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 6:00. There are countless stops and two vehicles that will take passengers quickly and comfortably from A to B at a cost-saving public transport fare. In addition to the basic fare of € 1, there is a zone fare (adults € 1.30, senior citizens, young people, people with disabilities € 0.90, family € 1.30). For holders of a valid VVT ticket for Wattens, the zone fare does not apply. The zone tariff is generally waived for all journeys to and from Fritzens-Wattens station — this means that the RegioFlink journey only costs € 1 in this case, regardless of having a VVT ticket.

Bookings are made via app — uncomplicated and fast. With Via, which provides passenger and driver apps as well as the intelligent routing system, VVT has an advanced partner for on-demand solutions in public transport. The technology allows to bundle rides of different passengers in a particularly efficient and dynamic way.

“We are proud to partner with VVT to introduce Via’s on-demand public transportation platform into the Austrian market through the launch of RegioFlink, which uses software to expand access to affordable, flexible, and sustainable transportation for residents and tourists in Wattens,” said Chris Snyder, Via’s European CEO. “We look forward to working with VVT and Wattens to show how tech-enabled mobility can solve transportation challenges for other communities across Austria.”

Sustainable vision for the future 

In addition to strengthening public transport, the long-term goal of VVT is to develop a holistic mobility system. Innovative, flexible mobility services such as RegioFlink complement traditional public transport networks through solving transportation access gaps in the first-and-last mile for passengers, ultimately incentivizing more passengers to use public transport versus private cars. 

VVT Managing Director Alexander Jug sums it up: “The pilot project RegioFlink in Wattens will be continuously analyzed and evaluated over one whole year. Based on these learnings, we will be able to optimally prepare the basis for a further roll-out of RegioFlink in other municipalities in Tyrol. In our vision of the future, RegioFlink represents a sensible, flexible addition to the overall mobility concept of VVT — depending on the requirements of the respective municipality.” 

 

ART On-Demand will leverage technology to expand access to efficient, flexible mobility for residents and visitors in St. Lucie County

March 1, 2022 (St. Lucie, FL) – St. Lucie County is proud to announce the launch of the new Area Regional Transit On-Demand (ART On-Demand) public transportation service, which for the first time will allow all residents and visitors to book free on-demand rides through an app within a designated zone in Port St. Lucie. 

The goal of ART On-Demand is to expand access to efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation in St. Lucie. The service’s software integration will make it easier than ever for riders to travel car-free and supports the region’s long-term commitment to innovation. 

ART On-Demand will be powered by Via, the global leader in TransitTech. Via’s intelligent algorithms allow riders to book an on-demand ride – allowing for quick, efficient shared trips that provide more flexibility than traditional transportation options with fixed routes and schedules. To underscore St. Lucie’s commitment to accessibility, the service will include wheelchair-accessible vehicles. 

Riders can book ART On-Demand rides in three easy ways:

  • Download the ART On-Demand app from the Apple or Google Play app store, set up your account, and book your trip. 
  • Book online using a web browser from artondemand.app.ridewithvia.com 
  • Call 772-462-1778 and a customer service representative will help you create an account and book your ride.

 “It’s exciting to watch our transit system continue to evolve by offering our residents convenient ways to access free public transportation,” said St. Lucie County Commission Chair Sean Mitchell. “The more we embrace public transportation, the more we reduce the amount of vehicles on the roads and help keep our carbon-footprint smaller.” 

“For several years, our citizens have told us that providing more mobility options should be a top priority in the city. As a result, the City Council made this an important part of the City’s Strategic Plan,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin. “I am very pleased St. Lucie County’s Area Regional Transit is helping us achieve these priorities through the launch of this On-Demand program. This program will give all residents an innovative new option for moving around the city and county.”

“We’re excited to partner with St. Lucie to power ART On-Demand, which uses software to expand access to transportation in the area,” said Dillon Twombly, Chief Revenue Officer at Via. “Tech-enabled public transit services like this one represent 21st-century transportation, and we’re excited to see how ART On-Demand will make it easier for St. Lucie’s residents and visitors to connect with jobs, healthcare, education, leisure, and more.”

ART On-Demand will operate on Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Via’s software is used in more than 500+ communities around the  globe, and includes several similar services to ART On-Demand elsewhere in Florida, including Sarasota County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach. 

For more information on ART On-Demand, please visit: www.slcart.org. 

ART On-Demand Service Zone: 

About St. Lucie 

Located in the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County is home to more than 330,000 residents with a rich history from streaming back to the birthplace of the Navy SEALs and artistic grounds that produced painters such as A.E. “Bennie” Backus and the Florida Highwaymen. Administered by St. Lucie County’s Transit Division, ART is a fare-free, award-winning public transit system serving the cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie Village and the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County. To learn more, please visit www.slcart.org or 772-462-1778.

About Via 

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

The partnership signifies the first step in Motional and Via’s long-term vision to introduce networks of on-demand and shared robotaxis at scale in cities — with the ultimate goal of using autonomous vehicles (AVs) to expand the public’s access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation options

February 24, 2022 (Las Vegas, NV) Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Via, the global leader in TransitTech, today announce the launch of a new robotaxi service in Las Vegas, which will provide free self-driving rides to passengers in downtown Las Vegas. The partnership signifies the first step in Motional and Via’s long-term vision to introduce networks of on-demand and shared robotaxis at scale in cities — with the ultimate goal of using autonomous vehicles (AVs) to expand the public’s access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation options. 

The service combines Via’s intelligent booking, routing, and software application technology with Motional’s self-driving robotaxis, fleet management, and in-vehicle passenger experience. Motional’s robotaxis are now available on the Via app for passengers in downtown Las Vegas, and will connect riders with business hubs, residential buildings, green spaces, government buildings, public transit stations, and more.  

Motional and Via announced a partnership in 2020 created to connect riders with robotaxis at scale, and position AVs to reach their full potential as part of large-scale transit networks. Together, Motional and Via see autonomous vehicles as part of a connected transportation ecosystem, and believe this type of integration is critical to sustainable, inclusive mobility.

At Via, we believe on-demand autonomous vehicles can play a huge role in expanding access to efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective transportation in our cities,” said Cariann Chan, SVP of Business at Via. “We are proud that our partnership with Motional will achieve this goal through connecting Las Vegas riders with essential destinations and transit hubs.”

“Motional is a leader in operating commercial robotaxi services and we’re excited to continue that legacy with Via,” said Abe Ghabra, Chief Operating Officer at Motional. “Our partnership offers a new channel for members of the public to experience safe and convenient self-driving rides, with a focus on effectively integrating Motional’s robotaxis with existing transit networks. We look forward to learning from this service and growing our collaboration with Via.” 

The service operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday to Friday, and will provide pick-ups and drop-offs in downtown Las Vegas (including RTC Bonneville Transit Center, Las Vegas City Hall, Container Park, Las Vegas Arts District, and Clark County Government Center). Riders can download the Via app for more information and to book a ride. For more information on requesting a ride, visit here. 

For the latest on Motional, visit Motional.com/news, and for more information on Via, https://ridewithvia.com/.

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About Via:

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

About Motional 

Motional is a driverless technology company making autonomous vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality. The company formed in 2020 as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers offering smart mobility solutions, and Aptiv, a global industrial technology leader in advanced safety, electrification, and vehicle connectivity. 

The Motional team has driven some of the driverless industry’s largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet which has conducted over 100,000 public rides. 

Motional is developing SAE Level 4 robotaxis- autonomous vehicles that provide all driving tasks – for robotaxi providers and fleet operators. 

Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, 

visit www.Motional.com and follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebookInstagram, and YouTube

 

Since 2017, Arlington’s on-demand, rideshare public transportation service has helped residents, students and visitors reach neighborhoods, shopping centers, offices, restaurants, medical facilities and other key destinations across The American Dream City

Feb. 11, 2022 (Arlington, TX) — It’s a deal that’s sweeter than a heart-shaped box of chocolates! To celebrate 1 million trips on Arlington’s Via Rideshare public transportation service, all rides will be free this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2022.

Since 2017, Arlington’s on-demand, rideshare public transportation service has helped residents, students and visitors reach neighborhoods, shopping centers, offices, restaurants, medical facilities and other key destinations across The American Dream City. The service also helps riders get to and from the CentrePort TRE Station, where they can connect to Dallas, Fort Worth and beyond.Now in its fifth year, the service continues to provide an equitable and flexible on-demand transit offering that is free from fixed routes and schedules. Via’s platform routes passengers in real time to convenient pickup and drop off locations within just a couple blocks, enabling multiple passengers headed in the same direction to efficiently share a single vehicle.

Via Rideshare is available Monday through Saturday for those who need transportation out of convenience or necessity.

Here’s what some of customers had to say recently about why they choose Via:

  • “I’m not a frequent user, but as a senior citizen on fixed income, I have no other means of transportation and I occasionally need transportation to destinations too far to walk.”
  • “It is my source of transportation to and from work. I am legally blind and don’t drive.”
  • “We can’t have a car because of my husband’s dementia. Via is a life saver because I don’t have to wait for the schedules of others to give us a ride.”
  • “Via is great for students like me who need to commute for groceries and meet friends. It’s been a great help to me in this regard.”
  • “Via is an affordable way to get to doctor appointments and other places around town. Plus, my granddaughter uses Via every day to get home from school.”
  • “It is so convenient to be able to call Via when I travel from Dallas on TRE to CentrePort. Via makes my visit to the doctor or a store affordable.”

Riders can book a shared ride six days a week using a smartphone application or a dial-in phone number, 817-784-7382. The service operates from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Fares are based on trip distance, with a minimum of $3 per trip for rides up to 1.5 miles in length and a maximum of $5 per ride for trips over 6 miles in length. Via Pass, a weekly pass that allows riders to take up to four trips per day, costs $25. Click here to visit the Arlington Via Rideshare webpage for more details.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

January 18, 2022 (Waikato, New Zealand) — Hamilton Flex, a new tech-enabled, on-demand public transport system trialled over the weekend by Waikato Regional Council, has had positive feedback from passengers. Flex is powered by Via, the global leader in TransitTech.

The ride share service started operating on Friday and Saturday nights in the Hamilton CBD from 14 January, and in February will go to and from Hamilton Airport on weekdays.

Fifty-nine rides were booked over the weekend and feedback was great, with people commenting on the convenience, comfort and cleanliness of the vehicles, and friendliness of the drivers.

“This is a very different style of public transport and it’s been a long time in the making. We had hoped to roll it out sooner, but as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown we delayed the launch,” said Regional Connections Committee Chair and Waikato regional councillor Angela Strange.

“For people wanting to get to and from the CBD, we’re really excited to be able to provide an affordable option for people wanting a corner-to-corner service rather than only stopping at bus stops.

“The service will take people with a mobility impairment driveway-to-driveway – all you have to do is let us know when registering on the Flex app,” Cr Strange said.

The buses are smaller and have comfortable seats that are fitted with seatbelts and can carry 13 passengers, or 10 people and a wheelchair user.

Bookings can be made up to a week in advance of travel, or just 15 minutes before you’re ready to go, Cr Strange said. The buses are GPS tracked in real time, so you can track your ride in the Flex app.

Via is a global provider of ride services and transportation technology for transit agencies and companies. “We are proud to partner with Waikato Regional Council to launch an efficient, sustainable on-demand transportation system in Hamilton,” said Ben Hague, Via’s APAC Regional Manager. “As someone who grew up in Hamilton, I know first-hand that the new Flex service will be an incredible addition to the city, by making it convenient for residents and visitors to use public transport and ultimately, rely less on private cars. Hamilton is a regional leader in innovative mobility, and we’re excited to see how other communities in New Zealand adopt smart on-demand transport.”

For the rest of January, Flex will operate for free on Fridays and Saturdays between 6pm and 4am. Then, from February, for just $2 each way you can ride from anywhere within the Hamilton city boundary to the CBD for the pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, casino, live music, sporting events, ten pin bowling or the movies.

Getting from Hamilton to the airport will cost only $3 each way on Flex, which operates Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm between the Hamilton Transport Centre and Hamilton Airport.

Mark Morgan, Hamilton Airport Chief Executive said: “We’re very supportive of making the airport more accessible to a wider range of our travelling public. So it’s great to see another transport option available to get to and from the airport.”

Cr Strange said Bee Card machines would be available on the buses later in 2022. “Once this happens, we’ll be able to provide Bee Card concessionary travel on Flex, including SuperGold, university and Wintec fares and free accessibility concession travel.

“It means passengers will have the choice of paying either via the app or with their Bee Card on board – they just set their preference in the app.”

Passengers are required to wear a face covering and scan the QR codes on board the buses. The app is free and available from the App Store and Google Play – search Flex BUSIT.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

January 20, 2022 (Milwaukee) – City of Milwaukee residents have a new way to get to jobs in the northwest suburbs – and employers have a new way to attract and retain workers.

FlexRide Milwaukee launches in early February, with riders picked up from one of five stops served by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) in and around Milwaukee’s north and northwest sides and dropped off at any employer within the Menomonee Falls and Butler service areas. Riders – who must be at least 18 years old, City of Milwaukee residents, and working or willing to work within the service areas – can request pickups using a smartphone app or by phone.

Riders must register to use the service. To do so, they can fill out this form to determine eligibility and share basic information with the FlexRide team.

While registration is not required for employers, businesses and organizations with more than 10 employees in Menomonee Falls and Butler that employ or intend to employ City of Milwaukee residents are also encouraged to sign up for FlexRide. Those interested in participating in the pilot should contact Eric Lynde at elynde@sewrpc.org.

FlexRide’s goal is to use technology to close Milwaukee’s first- and last-mile transit gaps (the distance between an existing bus stop and one’s ultimate destination). Closing transit gaps can expand access to transportation for local workers, ultimately fostering opportunities for economic mobility.

The service is a pilot funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, received in the fall of 2021. Via, the global leader in TransitTech and a provider of on-demand mobility solutions, will power the service using its highly efficient technology platform. Via’s intelligent algorithms create quick and efficient shared trips that provide more flexibility for riders than traditional transport options, which have fixed routes and schedules.

For now, the service will operate through the fall of 2022. The project team aims to leverage the pilot to identify funding to continue the service beyond this time.

“We are excited to be collaborating with our partners on a technology-driven solution to a longstanding problem for our region – access to jobs,” Kevin Muhs, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, said. “Lack of transportation is too often a barrier for workers wanting to get to jobs and employers wanting to attract new employees, made worse during the pandemic. This is one step toward closing that gap and making us stronger as a region.”

Employ Milwaukee is leading efforts to sign up riders.

“We encourage anyone who currently works in one of the service areas – or is hoping to – to consider signing up for FlexRide,” said Chytania Brown, president and CEO of Employ Milwaukee. “As Milwaukee County’s workforce development board, we work every day to develop workforce solutions that promote regional economic growth and employment opportunity for all job seekers. FlexRide Milwaukee does just that.”

The Waukesha County Business Alliance is partnering with the Waukesha County Center for Growth and Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board, MobiliSE and the FlexRide team to recruit employers.

“We are inviting all eligible employers to take part in this service,” said Amanda Payne, senior vice president of public policy for the Alliance. “We regularly hear from our members about the challenges they are facing in attracting and retaining workers – and the barrier a lack of transportation can be. FlexRide Milwaukee will help solve that problem.”

Employee and employer participants will be asked to take part in surveys throughout the pilot to evaluate the program and to help shape potential long-term transportation investments.

Leading the UWM research team are Lingqian (Ivy) Hu and Robert Schneider, urban planning faculty members at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Yaidi Cancel Martinez, associate scientist at the Center for Economic Development.

“We want to thank all partners on this project, who have been doing solid foundational work in our region for years,” Hu said. “The NSF award recognizes the potential impact that our teamwork can have in connecting research with real-world solutions. Successful implementation of the pilot will address transit and other obstacles that deter marginalized population groups from accessing jobs in the Milwaukee region.”

MobiliSE Executive Director Dave Steele said FlexRide is a welcome addition to a suite of services planned to address concerns with worker mobility and shortages. They include Milwaukee County’s East-West Bus Rapid Transit between downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center coming in late 2022 and “last-mile” service being studied for Oak Creek/Franklin and Brookfield/New Berlin. Milwaukee County and SEWRPC are also studying a North-South BRT route along 27th Street. These transit initiatives are well-aligned with Milwaukee County and MCTS goals to advance racial equity.

“There is historic energy behind multimodal transit in Southeastern Wisconsin, and we are proud to be a part of it,” Steele said. “MobiliSE is the region’s voice and platform for projects like this – connecting workers with jobs and companies with employees through stronger transportation options. All of these initiatives go right to our mission of building a stronger Southeastern Wisconsin through better connectivity.”

About FlexRide Milwaukee

The FlexRide Milwaukee pilot is funded by one of 17 Civic Innovation Challenge grants sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security. Six of the grants were awarded to projects that sought to deliver community-based solutions to close gaps in transportation equity.

UWM and SEWRPC also received a $50,000 Stage 1 grant in 2021 to design the pilot with communities and potential users of the pilot service. The Stage 2 grant is meant to fund implementation of this pilot (i.e., FlexRide Milwaukee).

The service will operate weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., with highly flexible scheduling based on demand. Fixed stops will be at the following locations (also see map below), from which riders can connect directly to jobs or job interviews in Menomonee Falls and Butler:

  • Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
  • Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Drive
  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, 5460 N. 64th Street
  • Silver Spring Drive/Lovers Lane
  • Woodman’s/Sam’s Club, Highway 145 in Menomonee Falls

Rides from and to the Woodman’s/Sam’s Club and Silver Spring/Lovers Lane stops will be free. Riders from and to the other stops pay $1.50 for a one-way ride, increasing to $3 later in the pilot.

After applying for the service, eligible riders will be able to download the FlexRide Milwaukee app and create an account. To book a ride, the rider will simply enter the pickup and dropoff locations and then check the app to find out where to meet the vehicle and when it will arrive. The service will be accessible to all riders – including residents with disabilities, those without a smartphone, and those without a credit or debit card.

For more information about FlexRide, visit https://www.flexridemke.com.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

January 7, 2022 (New York, New York) — May Mobility, a pioneer of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, and Via, the global leader in TransitTech, have together launched three public autonomous vehicles services in just eight months in Arlington, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, and Ann Arbor, MI — demonstrating the partnership’s success in rapidly launching complex, flexible, and scalable autonomous vehicle deployments.

May Mobility and Via’s first autonomous vehicle service, RAPID, which launched in Arlington, TX, in March, has already surpassed 20,000 rides to-date with a variety of destinations across Downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) campus. The services in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, which launched in August and October 2021, respectively, both also continue to grow in ridership month-by-month. 

While on-demand, dynamically-routed, shared AV services have been historically difficult to implement over any time period, Via and May have launched three services of this type in eight months. Each of the three services is customized to meet the needs of the city and community it serves. Despite the variety of  localities, rider demographics, and transit needs across Arlington, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor, each service has successfully provided effective, efficient driverless transportation services available to all — demonstrating how AVs reach their full potential when they are deployed as part of mass transit. 

Data collected from the City of Arlington’s RAPID service to-date illustrates that when AVs are deployed as part of mass transit and scaled efficiently, they can serve as an accessible, convenient way to travel: 

  • More than 60% of riders use RAPID to get to essential destinations including work, school, medical places, or shopping. 
  • An overwhelming amount — nearly 90% — of riders agreed or strongly agreed they would ride RAPID again in the future, with a vast majority agreeing that booking their trip and boarding the autonomous vehicle with Via’s rider app and in-vehicle passenger screen was easy. 
  • After riding RAPID, 80% of riders agreed or strongly agreed that AVs can increase the convenience of travel.  

The 20,000 rides milestone in Arlington comes just over a year from when Via and May Mobility announced their partnership in November 2020. The collaboration aims to extend both companies’ reach into on-demand autonomous mobility on a global scale. The partnership involves integrating Via’s TransitTech software into May Mobility’s existing autonomous vehicles platform to support fleet management, booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment, and rider experience. 

“At Via, we believe that for autonomous vehicles to reach their full potential as part of large-scale transit networks, they must be on-demand, dynamically routed, and shared,” said Cariann Chan, SVP of Business at Via. “Our three services with May Mobility demonstrate how launching highly-customized, public AV services using a common software platform is possible for a variety of use cases and geographies. We couldn’t be more proud of the success we have seen in each market during a short period of time.” 

“May has a strong vision on how shared autonomous vehicles can be deployed to complement existing transit and bring value to communities,” said Shana Downs, Director of Sales and Channel Management at May Mobility. “Utilizing Via’s technology has helped us take that vision to the next level and continue our track record of bringing tangible benefits to riders and communities today.”

Via and May Mobility look forward to continuing to help cities and communities introduce autonomous vehicle networks as a way to expand access to efficient, equitable, and sustainable public transportation across the country. 

About May 

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 300,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

About Via 

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

January 4, 2022  (Arlington, TX) — Today, the City of Arlington and Via, the global leader in TransitTech, announced the launch of a new on-demand transportation service to provide rides home for discharged hospital patients who otherwise would lack the resources to travel home independently. The program will serve patients of a major North Texas hospital and is an extension of the City of Arlington’s Via Rideshare service, which has provided affordable on-demand rides as part of the city’s public transit network since 2017.

This service marks a first-of-its-kind initiative in the U.S. between a publicly funded microtransit service and a major hospital, and provides a model for how public transit and healthcare organizations can collaborate to address health inequities and reduce barriers to accessing care. The service is a stride forward in the City of Arlington and Via’s shared vision to enable local healthcare providers to leverage the city’s public on-demand microtransit service.

The on-demand ride service comes after limited transportation was identified as a barrier to healthcare access in the hospital’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, and will expand Arlington residents’ access to convenient, equitable non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). The service is powered by Via’s technology, which allows trained hospital staff to book on-demand rides home on behalf of discharged patients. Rides are served by the same drivers and vehicles that operate the Via Rideshare service, enabling City of Arlington resources to be deployed efficiently for both microtransit and NEMT, and improve both general mobility and community health.

The service is designed to support patients without reliable transportation options — such as those who do not have someone to pick them up or who cannot afford a ride home. Lack of reliable transportation options can result in delayed discharges for patients, which can have acute implications on both patients and the hospital system. For patients, staying longer than necessary can result in infections and depression. For hospital systems, delayed patient discharges can result in increased costs and treatment impediments due to the lack of free hospital beds, according to recent studies.

“Via believes that every patient should have access to a safe, reliable, convenient ride home from the hospital,” said Eddie Fishman, Director of Via for Health. “We’re excited to collaborate with the City of Arlington and our partner hospital to bring simplicity and ease to the last leg of the patient experience, which will improve health and transportation equity in the Arlington community.” 

Service highlights:

  • Special accommodations: Patients who are discharged from the hospital will receive a door-to-door trip. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be available to patients who need them.
  • Caretakers: A patient’s family member or personal care attendant can join the patient on their ride home.
  • COVID-19 safety: To prioritize the health and safety of riders and drivers, the service will have limited vehicle capacity, partitions and PPE in vehicles, regular cleanings, and a mandatory mask policy.

“Our innovative rideshare service is already helping thousands of residents each week who need affordable, reliable transportation for work, school and day-to-day activities”, said Alicia Winkelblech, Senior Officer for Strategic Initiatives at the City of Arlington. “This collaboration addresses another pressing need in our community improving access to healthcare by removing the lack of transportation as a potential barrier to seeking medical treatment.” 

The service will allow discharged patients to travel to their homes anywhere in Arlington and will be available from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

About the City of Arlington

Arlington, the 49th largest city in America, is a global community and has been recognized as the 8th most diverse city in the country. As a premiere entertainment destination, Arlington attracts nearly 14 million visitors each year and is home to Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor, Texas Live! and three professional sports franchises: the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and the WNBA’s Dallas Wings. The City, positioned at the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is also proud to be the home of The University of Texas at Arlington, General Motors, D.R. Horton and a host of global, domestic and family-owned businesses. Arlington is a leader in transportation innovation, as one of the first cities in the country to offer on-demand rideshare and autonomous vehicle transportation services to residents and visitors. Quality of life in The American Dream City is second to none, with a low cost of living, affordable housing, rich educational and cultural opportunities, nationally recognized recreation facilities and 4,600 acres of parkland.

About Via

Via builds innovative software to enable our customers—cities, transit agencies, transport operators, school districts, universities, and corporations—to transform their legacy transportation systems into advanced digital networks. As pioneers of the TransitTech category, Via’s mission is to expand access to efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation. Via’s software enables organizations to digitize their existing transportation networks and launch new and innovative services, simultaneously lowering operating costs and increasing quality of service. Our software is used in over 500 communities in more than 35 countries around the world.

New York, December 21, 2021 – Via today announced that it has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The registration statement is expected to become effective after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Any offers, solicitations of offers to buy, or any sales of securities will be made in accordance with the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”). This announcement is being issued in accordance with Rule 135 under the Securities Act. 

December 21, 2021 (Salt Lake City) — Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has been named a “Leader in Equity-focused Innovation” in the 2021 Via Impact Awards, which recognize cities and transit agencies who have delivered exceptional service to their communities by leveraging Via’s TransitTech. UTA is one of two transit agencies being recognized with the award this year out of Via’s 500+ global partners.

In this first iteration of the awards, Via is specifically celebrating the impact tech-enabled services have had on equity, from providing high-quality service to riders with disabilities to expanding access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other opportunities. UTA’s On-Demand service, which is powered by Via, launched in November 2019 to provide public, on-demand shared rides for $2.50 to residents and visitors in Salt Lake County. Due to its success, the service expanded to Salt Lake City’s Westside neighborhoods (including Rose Park, Glendale, and Downtown) on Dec. 13.

New UTA On-Demand rider survey results and demographic data illustrates how the service is expanding access to affordable, equitable transportation in Salt Lake City:

  • 54% of UTA On-Demand passengers do not own a car, and use UTA On-Demand to connect to light-rail and paratransit services that link them to opportunities throughout the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.
  • When asked about how they would have made their last trip, most riders indicated that they would have used a more expensive or inconvenient mode, like a private taxi or a ride with a friend — but 12% indicated they would not have made the trip at all, highlighting the impact UTA On-Demand has had on affordable, accessible mobility.
  • In UTA On-Demand’s new Westside zones, about 1 in 4 residents live below the federal poverty line, and most residents are people of color.

“In November 2019 we were in southern Salt Lake County with Via launching our first microtransit on-demand service, and we are so pleased with how this innovative service has been received by our residents,” said Carlton Christensen, UTA Board of Trustees Chair. “Now, just two years later, it’s exciting to bring UTA On Demand to a second community in our region, with more service areas planned.”

“Via is so proud to honor Utah Transit Authority as a Leader in Equity-focused Innovation for our first-ever Impact Awards,” said Jason Starr, Partnerships Director at Via. “Our mission is to help partners expand access to equitable, efficient, tech-enabled public transportation, and UTA is a shining example of an agency that’s done exactly that. The Salt Lake City community should be very excited to be part of a city dedicated to innovative mobility.”

About Via

Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to develop public mobility systems — optimizing networks of buses, shuttles, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, autonomous vehicles, and electric vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all riders — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the costs of public transit while providing transportation options that rival the convenience of a personal car while reducing the environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, with 500 partnerships in more than 35 countries and counting.

About Utah Transit Authority

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides integrated mobility solutions to service life’s connections, improve public health and enhance quality of life. UTA provides an integrated system of innovative, accessible and efficient public transportation services that increases access to opportunities and contribute to a healthy environment.

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