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Introducing ViaViewer™: Our sophisticated public transportation modeling engine

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We pair our smart simulation tools with your deep community knowledge to create a real-world, dynamic transit service.

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Think about traveling around your community. What are the pain points that come to mind? Maybe it’s that rush hour traffic on 3rd Street is always a nightmare, or getting to the east side of town is nearly impossible late at night without a private vehicle, or that there’s no great way to reach the grocery store using public transit without wasting your entire Sunday. You’re an expert on the ins and outs of your community, but simply knowing the frustrations isn’t enough to visualize how to properly fix them.

Our powerful tool, ViaViewer™ , can show you how.

Transportation is the backbone of vibrant cities, so refreshing an established, familiar service — or launching a new one — can understandably seem a little nerve-wracking. That’s why our team built a modeling tool just as powerful as our transportation technology itself, allowing transit leaders to clearly see how going on-demand could transform a community, no matter the size.

ViaViewer™ takes our years of data running transit services around the world along with our leading edge algorithms and uses them to power a sophisticated modeling engine. Our partners gain a glimpse into the power of dynamic transit in their own communities — all before a new route takes shape. That way the investment pays off, with overwhelmingly positive benefits.

Prior to launching any new service in the real world, we always test our assumptions and analyze the results with ViaViewer™. It allows us to input specific, on-the-ground factors to accurately design the transportation network alongside you, our partner. Our experts run and re-run simulations to ensure that every goal is met and any potential pitfalls are avoided. 

To build each ViaViewer™ model, we incorporate specific details from your community by first asking the right questions:

  • What are common travel patterns and demand levels? Are they likely to change in the future?
  • Which aspects of a service make it most useful? 
  • Do you have a sense of rider expectations regarding wait times and trip durations? 
  • What are some destinations that residents routinely visit?
  • Are there any roadblocks preventing you from changing an existing service?
  • How well does your existing service meet the needs of your riders? Will service changes help meet their future needs?

What makes ViaViewer™ so special is that it actually simulates real world behavior and preferences. Riders make decisions about what kind of rides they’d be willing to take, while drivers respond to things like traffic or passenger delays. Not a single factor is overlooked. What results is a combination of invaluable insights into how people in your community move, their price-sensitivities, unique points of interest, and much more.

With these localized inputs, we calculate the specific parameters that will make your service a success. ViaViewer™ predicts everything from overall utilization to deadhead time to how often passengers ride together, all factors that impact efficiency. ViaViewer™ will also forecast things like average rider wait times and trip durations — important quality of service metrics.

In reality, we’ve done this successfully hundreds of times — 80 million rides and counting — so we know our model can work for you, too. With ViaViewer™, we’ll simulate what an actual service could look like, and then we’ll continue to tweak it until we’ve designed the ideal on-demand transportation network for your community.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to dynamic public transportation. Every partner has different goals, and we’d love to hear about yours. Are you ready to see how our ViaViewer™ can transform your existing service? Let’s chat!

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