The City of Arlington, Texas’ on-demand public transit service, Via Arlington, will soon reach all neighborhoods, shopping centers, offices, restaurants, medical facilities, and other key destinations across “The American Dream City.”
Over the past three years, Arlington, in partnership with Via, has continually expanded the Via Arlington service area to make affordable, on-demand public transportation accessible to even more residents, employees, and visitors. The service area, which currently covers about 41% of Arlington, will expand citywide starting Jan. 19. Via will continue to pick up and drop off riders at the CentrePort TRE Station as part of Arlington’s strategy to Enhance Regional Mobility.
In 2017, Arlington and Via launched Via Arlington and became one of the first cities in the country to use on-demand technology as their primary public transportation solution to expand access to affordable, efficient, and convenient transit solutions. Now in its fourth year, the service continues to provide an equitable and flexible on-demand transit offering that is free from fixed routes and schedules. Via’s platform routes passengers in real time to “virtual bus stops” within just a couple blocks for pickup and drop off, enabling multiple passengers headed in the same direction to efficiently share a single vehicle.
More than 39,000 accounts have been created and more than 470,000 rides have been taken on Via Arlington since the service launched.
With the citywide expansion, a new fare structure will go into effect starting Feb. 15, to better align the value of longer rides and a larger service area with the costs required to sustain the service. The new fares will be based on trip distance, with a minimum of $3 per trip for rides up to 1.5 miles in length and a maximum of $5 per ride for trips over six miles in length. The exact rate will be quoted to the rider before booking a trip.