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June 2, 2021

Via Metro STL, Metro Transit’s on-demand service, now available in the Transit app

Innovative app integration enables riders to discover on-demand transit in Metro Transit’s official app to plan, track and pay for transit service

Via Metro STL is now available on Transit, the official app of Metro Transit. Via Metro STL, the St. Louis region’s first on-demand transit service, is designed to offer a convenient transit option for Metro riders, allowing customers to hail a vehicle directly from their smartphone using the Via app and travel to any location within the service zones – no schedule required!

Thousands of riders in the St. Louis region use Transit every day. Now that Via Metro STL is integrated into Transit, riders can learn about the service and plan trips that fit it into their commute. When a user enters a destination, Transit suggests itineraries that feature Via Metro STL, for either point-to-point service or as part of a multimodal trip plan, that connects on-demand service with MetroBus and MetroLink service. With just one tap in Transit, users seamlessly connect to the Via app and request their ride.

“Via and Transit are already valuable partners to Metro Transit, offering services and technology that provide our customers with a first-class transit experience,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development, which operates Metro Transit. “By merging Via Metro STL with Transit, our riders have an even more powerful resource that makes it easier to take full advantage of all of the services and transportation options Metro Transit has to offer.”

This marks another successful collaboration between Transit and Via, an industry leader in on-demand transit solutions. A growing number of transit agencies are looking to microtransit as a means to complement traditional fixed-route service and extend the reach of their network, and this collaboration between Metro, Via and Transit brings the power of on-demand transportation to riders’ fingertips.

“Integrating Via Metro STL into Transit is a big win for Metro riders,” said David Block-Schacter, Chief Business Officer at Transit. “By bringing microtransit into the app riders already use to get around the St. Louis area, Metro is helping its customers discover and make the most of its entire network. We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Via, and bring Metro riders an easy way to use Via Metro STL within the Transit app as a flexible transit option to simplify their commutes.”

“We are proud to introduce new technology that increases access across the Metro Transit network, connecting Via Metro STL, fixed-route MetroBus services and MetroLink lines,” said Daniel Ramot, Via CEO and co-founder. “Via’s software platform will continue to support Metro as it expands efficient and equitable transit across the St. Louis region.”

Transit is available in the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting www.transitapp.com.

Via is available in the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting https://viarider.onelink.me/1335417427/dd0fe549

For more information on Via Metro STL, including service zones and operating hours, visit www.metrostlouis.org/via. ​

Images showing the integration are available at: https://bit.ly/3fx1MqN

Press kit and visuals: www.transitapp.com/press                                                                                                                       

MEDIA CONTACT

Stephen Miller
Transit
Communications Lead
media@transit.app
617-440-4690 (call or text)

Jerry Vallely
Metro Transit
External Communications Manager
jmvallely@bistatedev.org
314-486-5553

About Metro Transit: Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes more 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 68 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 123 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.
About Transit: Transit solves the urban commute in more than 200 cities worldwide, partnering with transit agencies to offer the best mobility app to riders. Users can easily navigate public transit with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation and quick, easy payments. The app also integrates additional transport modes — bikesharing, scooters, carsharing and ridehail — so users can mix-and-match their options with public transit to determine the best way to get from A to B. The company is based in Montréal, QC. Learn more by visiting www.transitapp.com.
About VIA: Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to power public mobility systems, optimizing networks of dynamic shuttles, buses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, and autonomous vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all riders — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the cost of public transit and provide accessible options that rival the convenience of a personal car at a much reduced environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, with 200 global partners on six continents, and counting.​