The mobility options in Sacramento just got a bit of a boost, with the launch of a new on-demand shared transit, powered by the mobility solutions company Via, as detailed in an official press release. Could the idea of on-demand shared transit be revving up for bigger things in the near future?
- Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) launched a new on-demand shared transit service.
- Called SmaRT Ride, it features 42 vehicles, making it the largest of its kind in the U.S.
- Fees for the on-demand system include discount fares for senior citizens and handicap riders.
SmaRT Ride’s curb-to-curb, on-demand service is made possible by software from Via. (Video: YouTube)
Public transit with a twist
To use the system, riders will need to download the SmaRT Ride app, available for both iOS and Android smartphone devices. Riders are also able to book a ride by simply calling (916) 556-0100. Once a ride is booked, the high-tech system will direct users to a nearby virtual bus stop within walking distance for pickups and drop-off
The Sacramento system, which also seeks to make smart mobility solutions affordable, costs $2.50 per trip. Seniors and riders with handicaps can use the service for a reduced rate of $1.25 per trip. Youth can use the on-demand shared transit system for free as part of the city’s RydeFreeRT program, which offers fare-free transit for youth and students in grades TK – 12.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The launch of SacRT’s micro-transit system highlights the growing trends in exploring a broader span of mobility solutions to help improve transportation in a given area. The potential success of the new Sacramento service could spark other cities to enact similar programs.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly implied that Via is providing the vehicles for the SmartRide program. However, the program is, in fact, being operated by SacRT. Via is providing the software technology that supports the system.