First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Via has launched an on-demand shared transit system for people over the age of 60 in the City of Newton, Massachusetts.
Via says the service replaces a taxi voucher system which required passengers to make reservations at least 72 hours in advance. The company will also offer trips to a range of medical facilities outside the city’s boundaries.
Using the Via app, riders can hail a vehicle from their smartphone. The company’s algorithms allow riders to share the vehicle and directs users to a nearby pick-up and drop-off location.
Passengers can book rides Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm - and weekends from 9am to noon - with costs ranging from $0.50 to $5.00. In partnership with Avis, the fleet will comprise a range of Mercedes Metris vans which come with six seats as well as wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Via is not the only company offering trips to medical appointments in the US. Earlier this month, Uber entered into an agreement with Pack Health to offer a transportation service for patients with chronic conditions in Alabama.