Jersey City’s on-demand public bus service is up and running for as cheap as $1 per ride and will remain at that price through March 21st for anyone willing to try an alternative to rideshares like Uber and Lyft.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The city sought out Via to help solve mass transit woes, plagued with delays and inconsistent fares.
Via is the world’s leading provider and developer of on-demand public mobility solutions, and starting today, Jersey City residents, visitors, and commuters will be able to use the Via app to hail a shared ride directly from their smartphone.
The service will complement and extend the existing public transit infrastructure, providing better connections between residential neighborhoods, business districts, government facilities, PATH stations, and ferry and light rail stops in the north and south regions of the city.
City officials announced their partnership with Via back in September.
Using the Via mobile app, or a dedicated phone line for users without access to a smartphone, passengers will select a pickup and drop-off location within the service zone and confirm their ride.
The service area contains a “central zone” and an “outer zone,” which spans between about Secaucus Road and Port Jersey Boulevard.
Rides in this area are just $1 per ride through March 21st, while rides outside of those zones will cost at least $2 per ride, with an additional 50 cent cost for each extra mile.
Once a ride is booked, Via’s advanced technology matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into one of 15 high-capacity vehicles, and directs passengers to a nearby corner, or a “virtual bus stop.”
Via’s technology routes vehicles in real-time, minimizing detours through the use of virtual bus stops to reduce congestion and emissions, while providing a highly-efficient rider experience.
The service will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, riders can request a wheelchair accessible vehicle in app or on the phone.