Ride-sharing service Via uses cheap fares to supplement public transit routes – CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – With rising gas prices and larger ride-sharing services now adding fuel surcharges, commuters are looking for better deals to get around.

Dmitry Neronov from San Jose uses a new service in the Bay Area called Via. It’s a shared service that combines the convenience of on-demand rides with the affordability of public transit.

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“It’s the best deal for carpooling,” said Neronov, who uses Via to commute every day for his job in the Cupertino school district.

He’s legally blind so he can’t drive and finds Via to be better on his budget than other ride-sharing services with its low flat rate.
“It’s four dollars a trip. And you can get it for two dollars off if you can prove you have a disability or are a student.

Compare that to the $11 to $20 per ride it would pay on other services.

“We want to get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles and into carpooling,” Via’s Krista Glotzbach said.

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Glotzbach says the service is partially funded by cities, like Cupertino, and grants and is designed to complement existing public transportation.

Like other rideshares, it works from an app. And most Via rides will typically have two or more riders heading in the same direction.
His goal ? To solve one of public transit’s biggest problems.

“The last mile is a huge problem because if you don’t have that last mile of public transit, you’re probably going to be driving your car. So we want to help people get on public transportation, so they can use Caltrain or VTA,” Glotzbach said.

Many Via drivers are former Uber or Lyft drivers. Hernan Garcia said he liked driving for Via because he worked for a fixed hourly wage. Instead of having rising and falling paychecks, his salary is predictable.

Via could be coming to a city near you. It is already present in 500 cities around the world and wishes to develop in the Bay Area.

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“We are working with all cities and transit agencies, VTA and SamTrans to eventually roll out these add-on services throughout the Bay Area,” Glotzbach said.