New ride-sharing service in DC charges just $2.15 per ride

WASHINGTON — For the price of a Metro ride, you can get a lift from the newest car-sharing service to launch in D.C.

Via, which claims it has nearly 200,000 passengers a week in New York City and Chicago, entered the D.C. market Monday, with a limited service aimed at frustrated Red Line riders.

Via is a carpool model, with customers sharing the vehicle with others. Its initial service in D.C. will run along the Red Line route between Cleveland Park and NoMa-Gallaudet U. The flat $2.15 cost matches a one-way Metro ride.

The drivers are currently only available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Via says its smart algorithm directs passengers to a nearby corner for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without long waits or taking riders out of their way.

A flat fee of $2.15 doesn’t sound very lucrative for the driver, but Via contends it is a viable option for fair earnings, guaranteeing a minimum $20 per hour net earnings.

The Via app is free and available for both iOS and Android.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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