COTA and Via launch app-based on-demand transit service in Columbus suburb

Called COTA Plus, the new on-demand shared transit network brings dynamic rides to Grove City, a community in the Columbus metropolitan area that is experiencing rapid growth and increased need for connections to COTA’s existing fixed-transit system. Using Via’s COTA Plus app, riders are able to hail a shuttle directly from their smartphone. Via’s advanced algorithms will enable multiple riders to seamlessly share the vehicle. The powerful technology will direct passengers to a nearby ‘virtual bus stop’ within a short walking distance for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours, or inconvenient fixed routes and schedules.