After operating for two years in D.C., Via expanded its operating area to Arlington County starting Monday (Oct. 29), the ridesharing service said.
The New York-based company initially launched in Washington, D.C., in August 2016 when the SafeTrack maintenance surges closed large sections of the Metro Red Line. Since then, the service has provided more than 1.5 million shared rides across the District—winning market share from competitors Uber and Lyft through discounted rides in the city’s center and surrounding neighborhoods.
Via plans to expand its service to Reagan National Airport in the coming months, pending regulatory approval to provide airport service, a Via spokesperson said.
The company came under scrutiny in April after a Washington Post article revealed its coverage area excluded Wards 7 and 8 east of the Anacostia River. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office gave Via a 90-day warning to expand service across all eight wards or risk penalties for apparently violating a law requiring companies to provide services across the District.
Via expanded its operating area to cover the entire District in April 2018, according to Via.