Mobility

San Joaquin RTD, National Express and Ecolane launch mobility-on-demand program

Posted on October 8, 2018

The on-demand mobility ride-share service helps all area residents travel with ease throughout Northern San Joaquin County in California.
The on-demand mobility ride-share service helps all area residents travel with ease throughout Northern San Joaquin County in California.

In partnership with National Express, Ecolane released its first instance of mobility-on-demand (MOD) that services riders with and without disabilities for San Joaquin’s Regional Transit District (RTD) through the new pilot program “RTD Van Go!”

The service is 100% rider-controlled through a convenient app that they can download, self-register, schedule payment with a credit card, and book trips. The “RTD Van Go!” app is available on both Apple and Android platforms.

The on-demand mobility ride-share service helps all area residents travel with ease throughout Northern San Joaquin County in California. Every “RTD Van Go!” vehicle is wheelchair accessible and “RTD Van Go!” drivers are trained, licensed, and fully prepared to help with accessibility needs.

“Tailor-made trips are a click or call away with RTD Van Go!,” said RTD CEO Donna DeMartino. “Residents start where they are and go where they want — fast. This connected service combines vans and free transfers to fixed-route buses to continue longer trips. Unlike some other transportation options, RTD Van Go! will even pick up passengers in rural San Joaquin County.”

At launch, the operational area for the service covers Northern San Joaquin County only with further expansion planned in January 2019. Six vehicles for the RTD Van Go! fleet are available during the initial pilot phase, extending to 14 vehicles in January when the service is introduced countywide.

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