Via, the ride-sharing company, will now take over for bus services in Arlington, Texas, as reported by CBS.
The agreement allows anybody in Arlington who has a smartphone device to operate the app. Via has 10 vehicles that users that pick from and will mostly be use in the downtown Arlington. There is $3 charge or you can pay $10 charge per week to get a ride.
Charter buses have been the primary source of transportation in Arlington for four years, but Via will now be replacing them due to grants from Texas.
Jeff Williams, the Mayor of Arlington said when questioned by CBS about if buses and light rails are the things of the past. “Absolutely. I think with the new technology that’s coming on you’re going to see very little light rail built because this is so much cheaper.”
Via was introduced back in September, 2013 as the first car service app to focus on carpooling in New York City.
Via now has locations in Chicago and Washington, DC.
With the helped of Daimler, a German automotive company under Mercedes-Benz, Via raised $250 million to set up another location in Europe.
[via The Verge]