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Technology Via's largest on-demand transit service to date launches in Sacramento

11:12  14 january  2020
11:12  14 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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The purpose of the Sacramento Regional Transit District is to promote and improve access in the Sacramento region by providing safe, reliable, and fiscally responsible transit service that links people to resources and opportunities.

Via provides on - demand shared mobility solutions, working with cities and transportation agencies around the world to connect more people to transit . Via has partnered with some of the world’ s largest public transit agencies to solve pressing transportation needs including the neighboring city of West

Via just launched one of its most ambitious on-demand public transportation projects yet. The company has teamed up with Sacramento Regional Transit to roll out an expanded version of SmaRT Ride, billed as the "largest on-demand microtransit system" in the US. A total of 42 shuttle buses ferry passengers in nine zones across Sacramento, supplementing the existing bus and rail coverage. Like Via's other services, you just need to use an app or call a number to hail a ride and wait at a virtual bus stop for a shared vehicle.

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It costs $2.50 per trip for most riders, but that drops to $1.25 for seniors and the disabled. It's free if you're either young enough for a RydeFreeRT pass or traveling in a group of five or more.

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All Day Bus Service to Peak Hour. The purpose of the Sacramento Regional Transit District is to promote and improve access in the Sacramento region by providing safe, reliable, and fiscally responsible transit service that links people to resources and opportunities.

Wait times for service are subject to vehicle availability and demand . The new SmaRT Ride service is provided through Measure A funding. SacRT was awarded with a million grant by the Sacramento Transportation Authority to help expand microtransit into new communities throughout

SmaRT Ride technically launched first in February 2018, but the city brought on Via to run a more comprehensive service that covers more areas and offers "new functionality."

As always, the aim of the on-demand system is to provide a service that's more convenient than conventional buses without the expense of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber. This could cover mass transit gaps in areas where it's difficult to provide conventional bus or rail service, at least without lengthy wait times.

However, it's not certain that these services are always beneficial. Although there is a phone number to call in this case, SmaRT ride is still app-focused -- customers without smartphones will be at a disadvantage. And like Wirednoted, on-demand systems like Via's can cost a city considerably more than it would to run a standard bus. While it's good to have more choices for getting around town, cities may have to do their homework to ensure on-demand shuttles are truly helpful.

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Transit directions are rolling out to Apple Maps users in Europe .
Apple took its time getting transit directions onto its maps, and even once it did Apple Maps users in countries outside the US were left wanting. Now, it seems it's finally rolling out transit directions coverage across Europe. According to MacRumors, travelers in cities across France, Germany, Spain and potentially other countries are now able to use the function, which provides real-time information on public transport such as buses, trams and trains.As MacRumors notes, Apple has not yet updated its official list of locations covered by transit directions, likely because the feature is still being rolled out.

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