Via launches Sacramento on-demand shuttle

Via has joined forces with the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) to deploy an on-demand shared transit network of 42 shuttle buses.
Mobility as a Service / February 5, 2020
By Ben Spencer
: SmaRTRide wheelchair paratransit (Source Via)
: SmaRTRide wheelchair paratransit (Source Via)

Using the SmaRT Ride app, riders can hail a vehicle from their smartphone or phone to book a ride.Passengers will be directed to a nearby ‘virtual bus stop’ which, Via says, will allow for quick trips without lengthy detours or fixed routes.

The service consists of three types of ‘neighbourhood-friendly’ shuttle buses which can manoeuvre on residential streets with up to 22 passengers. 

A ride costs $2.50 - or $1.25 for pensioners and those with disabilities. Free trips are available for young riders with a RydeFreeRT sticker or pass and groups of five people. 

The deployment follows a $12 million grant provided by the Sacramento Transportation Authority to expand microtransit into new communities throughout the region.

SmaRT Ride is operating in Citrus Heights, Franklin-South Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Arden, Carmichael, Downtown-Midtown-East Sacramento, Gerber-Calvine, Folsom, and North Sacramento.

As part of the expansion, SacRT rolled out six electric shuttles in Downtown-Midtown Sacramento. In the next six months, three more shuttles will operate in Franklin-South Sacramento.


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