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Via Rideshare Service Expands in Chicago

The company hopes that a broader service area and discounted rides will help people better access transit services.
August 14, 2019, 11am PDT | Camille Fink
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The rideshare company Via is expanding service to all of Chicago and offering $2.50 rides to and from transit stations in part of the new service area.

"Via, which came to Chicago in late 2015, specializes in multi-passenger rides. The company’s mobile app connects passengers who are headed the same way, and customers may have to walk a block or two before and after the ride," writes Mary Wisniewski.

Uber and Lyft make up the vast majority of rideshare sales in Chicago, with Via accounting for less than 1 percent of sales, reports Wisniewski. However, most Via trips are shared, which is not the case for other operators, and the company says its goal is to become a shared ride feeder service to the city’s transit network. 

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Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Chicago Tribune
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