The City of Arlington’s innovative, on-demand Via Rideshare public transportation service, which now has autonomous vehicle integration, has been recognized as a 2021 Smart 50 Awards recipient.
This annual award, given in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, recognizes smart cities projects from around the world with current or future municipal-scale impact and application.
Prior to the launch of Via Rideshare, the city had no public transportation system. In December 2017, Arlington made history as one of the first cities in the nation to develop a public transportation system built solely upon a rideshare service. Through a public-private partnership with Via Transportation, Inc., the City launched a unique on-demand rideshare service to meet the community’s public transit needs. Via provided continued high-quality service through several incremental service area expansions, demonstrating growing community support and increasing ridership.