‘Transit Desert’ City Gets $3 Ride-Share Program

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Rising transportation needs in Arlington, Texas, the largest city in the U.S. without a comprehensive transportation service, have led to the launch of a new $3 ride-share program with Via Rideshare. Similar to services such as Lyft and Uber, Via Rideshare allows users to share rides with others for a more affordable price.

The public-private partnership between Arlington and Via Rideshare has been highly supported by the city’s residents. As an innovative form of transportation in a city that had no public transportation system before, it doesn’t come without its challenges.

“We aren’t putting out any ride projections for Via because we haven’t launched this type of service before,” said Alicia Winkelblech, Arlington’s assistant director of strategic planning.

“In light of the fact that there is no transportation in Arlington with the bus service going away, there really does need to be some kind of public system,” said Diane Jones Allen, the director of landscape architecture in University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. “This ride-share system, this van system will offer something since Arlington is a transit desert.”

The ride-share program was a top priority from the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee. Read more about the developments of the ride-share program in Arlington here.

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