I was introduced to Via a few weeks back. Essentially, it’s a ride share app and similar to UberPool – you’ll get paired with other people heading in the same direction and share a ride with them.
The best part – rides are super cheap. You can go anywhere from South Ferry to 125th Street for a flat $5. If it’s later on a weekend night (from 9pm – midnight), rides are $5.95. If you are traveling with a friend, they will ride for half-price but you’ll have to add a +1 to the app. Note at this point, they cannot be dropped off at a different location on the way.
I gave Via a try a few weeks back (coincidentally, that same night I witnessed someone get hit by a car and my Via driver was kind enough to get out of his car to help). Like Uber, I indicated where I was thanks to my phone’s location, requested a car, and was told who my driver would be. I indicated where I was going (to Harlem 125th from 86th and York). No one else claimed the same route, so I was able to ride in the car myself.
There are two downsides of Via that I should share with you though. First, it has limited operating hours – Monday through Friday from 6am to midnight, Saturdays from 10am-midnight, and Sundays from 10am to 9pm – then again, I haven’t been out past midnight since my bachelorette, so not a huge problem for me. The service is also in Chicago too FYI, but Monday – Friday from 6:30am – 9pm. While you will get a $10 credit for signing up using my Via promo code, after your code runs out, you have to refill your credit, otherwise you are subjected to a $2 surcharge per ride. Still, $7 from downtown to uptown is unheard of.
Have you tried Via yet? What do you think?
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