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.
Via Drivers Get Paid More For Shared Rides
In most cities, Via will pay per trip in a similar manner to other rideshare companies. Their rate cards are similar to Uber or Lyft. One key difference, though, is that Via will add a multiplier to trips that “match” with other riders. It’s like getting a small surge whenever your UberPOOL or Lyft Line gets a match, rewarding you for taking more passengers. The premium ranges between 5% and 20% depending on what city you drive in or how many matches you get. The amount is different in every city.
I think this is interesting because it actually provides a financial incentive for drivers to do shared rides. When other companies are paying less per mile for shared rides, Via is actually paying more.
Rocket Pay Multiplier
Rocket Pay is Via’s version of dynamic pricing. This acts as a pay multiplier for certain areas at certain times to make trips more profitable. The Rocket Pay applies to the whole trip and recent multipliers have been in the range of 1.3 to 2.5x.
Via only charges between 5% (Chicago) and 10% (Washington DC / NYC) in commission to its drivers. This is much lower compared to the 25% commission taken by other rideshare companies. If you have driven for Uber or Lyft, then you know how much their 25% can eat into your pay. Via Drivers pay less commission and keep more at the end of the week.
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Live Support: Call Them Anytime
One of our favorite parts about Via is that they have a live support team that you can call whenever there is a problem on the road. You can also text, and you will get a live person who works for Via in real-time. Again, this makes working for Via less stressful because you know they are “there” when you dial their support team.
Better Passengers: More Community
Since Via operates as a shared-ride service, it is busiest during commute hours, so the passengers tend to be of a regular (non-drunk) variety that are simply trying to get to and from their jobs without incident. Most of the passengers use the service often, which means that you end up with a lot of repeat passengers that you can build a great relationship with, too.
Via also does a great job educating passengers about the shared ride experience, so you get passengers who know how everything operates. Or in other words, they are far less likely to ask you to wait or to drop them off in another location than they requested, or to show up with more people than were originally booked.
So this eliminates most of the pain-points with services like UberPOOL or Lyft Line. In fact, if the passenger is not ready, you are encouraged to leave them behind. Ok just kidding, but you get the point 🙂
Sign Up To Drive With Via
You can sign up for Via by using our link here.
I have always said drivers should diversify the platforms they drive for. Via is a new earnings platforms for drivers that is worth checking out. Once you are signed up, you can also take advantage of their driver recruiting bonuses as they grow – and they plan to grow.
Since they are still relatively new/young this gives early adopter drivers a really good opportunity to make some serious referral income on top of their standard pay model. Via is currently only available in New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C., but expect to see them rolling out in other cities soon.
Readers, have you ever heard of Via? What do you think of the UberPOOL/Lyft Line model that actually pays you more to take on multiple drivers? Do you think this would save you gas costs and time?
-Christian @ RSG
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