On-Demand Rideshare Now Available in West Sacramento
Residents of West Sacramento can now use a new public transportation service offering on-demand shared rides anywhere in the city at an affordable flat-fare. In partnership with New York based ride sharing company Via, the City pilot program allows users to book a ride in a six-passenger Mercedes-Benz van using the Via app or by calling 916-318-5101. Rides start at $3.50, or $1.75 for seniors. Most riders will be picked up within a block of their starting point. Door-to-door wheelchair accessible rides will also be available.
The City celebrated the start of service with demonstration rides Monday, May 14 at Raley Field bringing together project partners including the Sacramento Council of Government (SACOG), Yolo County Transportation District, Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network, and the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
“This partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”
The program will offer affordable transportation to key areas of the city, making it easier for residents to make regular trips to work or school, medical appointments, grocery stores, restaurants or River Cats games.
The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.
“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.
Riders are encouraged to try out this exciting new service which will initially operate weekdays 7am-7pm, and Saturdays 9am-7pm, with expanded hours to come in the near future.
West Sacramento Launches On-Demand Ride Hailing Program With Mercedes Vans (Capital Public Radio)