Move people around a city without mass transit? This city says they’re doing it

Those Via vans that have been zipping around the center of Arlington are going to be sticking around.

This city that has been long been known as the largest in the United States without mass transit, appears to have found something that they believe is at least a partial answer to traditional public transportation.

Last week, the City Council approved another one-year contract for Via, the on-demand rideshare transportation program, which has provided more than 85,000 rides since rolling out last December.

“We have hit on something that is tremendously successful that is getting the ridership we’ve all been hoping for — at a fraction of the costs of traditional transportation like buses or light rail,” said Mayor Jeff Williams at a Nov. 27 council meeting.