|Privately held company|
Transportation network company|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
New York City|
West Sacramento, CA
|Daniel Ramot, CEO|
Number of employees
Via Transportation, Inc. is a transportation network company and real-time ridesharing company based in New York City, with offices in Tel Aviv, Chicago, Washington D.C., Arlington, Texas, and West Sacramento. The company's technology is used in projects in Paris, the United Kingdom, and Austin, Texas.
As of 2017, it was reported that Via had raised $387 million in financing.
Via was founded in 2012 by Israeli entrepreneurs Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval. The service is based on the founders' experience with Sherut shared taxis in Israel. The service was launched exclusively in Manhattan in 2014, before expanding to Chicago in November 2015.
In August 2016, Via launched its service in Washington D.C.
Via launched a partnership with the French transportation company, Keolis in January 2017. The partnership uses Via's technology to a shared ride service operated by Keolis subsidiary LeCab. In June 2017, Via partnered with Curb to allow users to hail a yellow taxi for a shared ride in certain areas of Manhattan.
Arriva UK Bus launched ArrivaClick, an on-demand app developed through a partnership with Via, in Kent in March 2017. Via launched Savy, an app using Via's on-demand ride-sharing technology and a fleet of vehicles owned by the company, in Queenstown, New Zealand in November 2017.
In September 2017, Via raised $250 million from German automaker Daimler. The investment included $50 million toward a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Via to establish ViaVan, designed to spread on-demand shuttle services in Europe and expand Via's system to European transit authorities and municipalities. ViaVan was first launched in March 2018 in Amsterdam. In April 2018, ViaVan launched in London and operated initially in central London Zones 1 and 2. ViaVan announced its expansion to Berlin in December 2017. The Berlin fleet would contain 300 vehicles and would be launched in spring 2018, pending regulatory approval.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority partnered with Via in November 2017 to add Via's services to the Metro system the following summer. The partnership will include three major stations offering Via shuttles with subsidized fares that can be paid through the public transportation fare card TAP accounts and has been funded through a $1.35 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
In 2018, Via partnered with the city of Arlington, Texas to operate 10 vans as shuttles for Arlington residents, with a possibility to expand the trial citywide. In its first month, the program provided over 5,000 rides with a 97 percent customer approval rating. In Spring 2018, Via launched on-demand shared rides in West Sacramento using Mercedes-Benz vans as part of the city's public transit. Via's presence in West Sacramento was part of a one-year trial using a $400,000 grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.
In January 2018, Via partnered with Keolis Downer to launch The Newcastle Transport On Demand App in Australia using Via's on-demand shared rides as part of Newcastle Transport's bus and ferry network. In March 2018, the partnership, called Keoride, expanded to include Macquarie Park, a suburb of Sydney.
The Land Transport Authority in Singapore awarded almost a half a million dollars worth of contracts to Via Transportation in collaboration with the Ministry of Movement to run a trial of on-demand busses in February 2018.
In May 2016, Via raised $70 million in a Series C financing round led by Israeli investment firm Pitango, C4 Ventures, Hearst Ventures and Roman Abramovich and announced that it expected to raise another $30 million in the coming weeks.
The company's mobile app facilitates shared travel for a flat rate. In order to expedite service, passengers are picked up and dropped off on the corner of a block nearest to their pickup and drop-off locations, and not the exact addresses. The service works more like a dynamic bus line rather than a ridesharing service, and charges users a flat rate for a ride. The VIA service is approved for use with commuter benefit cards.
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