Harry here. We’re always looking for new rideshare companies and today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea takes a look at a growing service called Via.
Via is a newer rideshare option you may have already heard about, and they offer a different business model for drivers. Their service is centered around providing flat fare rides along efficient routes. A Via driver gets paid to shuttle multiple passengers along a designated route, only stopping to pick-up and drop-off where it makes the most sense. They’ll even make passengers walk the last block or two to their destination if they have to 🙂
Former Uber drivers are finding they enjoy Via’s different model for a few reasons. Via automatically applies a pay boost to rides that get “matched” with other riders. So Via drivers are incentivized to get matching rides, and they also take less from each ride.
Via drivers also operate in high-density zones. This means that Via drivers tend to put fewer miles on their vehicles since there are no long distance trips outside of their tighter operating zone. All of these things add up to make a difference to drivers.