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Via Ride-Share app review: offering a smarter way to share a ride in New York City

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Introduction

Via is a specialized ride-share app that offers a more community-oriented ride sharing service in New York City. It is an on-demand transit service that allows you to hail a ride using your iOS device. What’s unique about this app is that it allows you to share a ride with other commuters, which makes your trip cheaper. Developed by Via Transportation, the app is compatible with iPhone and iPad. Via Ride-Share is featured on our list of the Best taxi apps for the iPhone.

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Enjoy a Luxury Ride Using the Via Ride-Share App

On-demand mobile transit services are becoming more popular among urban professionals. These services are redefining public transportation by using mobile technologies. One of the newest players in this sector is Via, an on-demand transit app that takes ride sharing to a new level.

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Via Ride-Share takes the traditional model of car-pooling and transforms it into a luxury service for New York commuters. Like most transit apps, Via allows you to hail a ride using your mobile device. But as a car-pooling service, you will have to share the ride with fellow commuters. This ride sharing model gives passengers a sense of community and a more pleasant travel experience.

Via Ride-Share is available in the App Store for free. After completing the installation, the app allows you to fund your travel account through Apple Pay. You can then pay for your fares directly from the app which eliminates cash transactions.

To get a ride, just enter your pick-up point and destination or drop-off point. The app uses a proprietary algorithm to match you with any available Via vehicle. Then, the app lets you know the approximate pick-up time and pick-up point. You can book the ride using your travel fund and wait for the car to arrive.

The service charges a flat-fare of $5 if you use the in-app payment option. Otherwise, you will have to pay $7 every time you use the Via transit service. 

Best Features of Via Ride-Share App

Via Ride-Share offers a convenient on-demand transport service using the car-pooling model. The service allows you to share a ride with other commuters within New York City.

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The Via transport service offers luxury vehicles mostly SUVs and sedans. Via vehicles are driven by courteous and professional drivers. You will enjoy a luxury trip by using the Via transit app.

This app offers much cheaper transport fare than the traditional taxi service. It charges a flat-fee of $5 for every ride using the in-app travel fund option. You can continue to enjoy the flat-fee rates by paying your fares through the app.

Ease of use is one of the best features of this app. Just enter your destination and pick-up point and the app will automatically find a ride for you. You will get a confirmation once the app finds a car for you.

Via - Smart Shared Rides

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Offers cheaper flat-rate fee
  • Easy to use with responsive features
  • Allows you to pay via the app
  • Offers luxury vehicles with professional drivers

Cons

  • Pick-up times are sometimes inaccurate
  • Needs to expand the travel coverage

Final Thoughts

Via is a ride sharing app that follows the traditional car-pooling model. The service offers luxury vehicles with professional drivers. If you are looking for a more relaxed way to travel around New York City, then Via Ride-Share is a good app for you. 

 

Via - Smart Shared Rides

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