Charlottesville selects New York firm to operate Albemarle’s microtransit program

A plan to hold a one-year pilot of on-demand transit service in two of Albemarle County’s development areas is one step closer to being implemented. 

Last week, the City of Charlottesville awarded a contract to River North Transit LLC of to operate the service on behalf of Charlottesville Area Transit. Specifically the firm will “provide software and necessary hardware services to operate a full-service, third-party operator solution.”

The company operates the Via platform.

Learn more about the Via platform on the company’s website (Credit: Via)

The firm’s contract to provide the same service in the Miami-Dade area in Florida has recently been renewed according to Miami Today. That involved a doubling of their service area. 

Last year, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation awarded a $1.552 grant to Charlottesville Area Transit to conduct the pilot for Albemarle. The service will run in the Places29 and the Pantops area. 

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