Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing

Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing for Pc

  • Category: Travel
  • Last Updated: 2018-10-02
  • Current version: 3.2
  • File size: 130.68 MB
  • Developer: Via Transportation, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing on your Windows PC

Download Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing for Windows: Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing is an Travel App, developed by Via Transportation, Inc.. The Travel App was officially released 2013-07-01. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Via Transportation, Inc., with the latest current version being 3.2 which was officially released on 2018-10-02. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 4,920 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5.

Using Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing application icon. A window of Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Via: Low-Cost Ride-Sharing

Developer Description

Via is the new smart, affordable & easy way to get around your city. Request a ride on your phone and share with other riders going your way. You can Via in NYC, Washington D.C., & Chicago. Via is an easy, fast, convenient and smart way to get around. Via is an on-demand, shared ride service that picks up multiple passengers heading in the same direction, keeping rides affordable and little more than the cost of public transit! • Book a ride on your phone • Get picked up on a nearby corner • Share your ride with others • Save cash and reduce carbon emissions >How it works: Set your pickup and drop off to request a ride. We’ll match you with a Via driver headed your way. Our smart pickup coordination will direct you to a nearby corner to meet your driver, so your Via and its passengers never have to go out of their way. We pool riders into the same car efficiently and without delays, keeping our price point affordable for everyone. >Efficiency at its best: With Via in NYC, Washington D.C. and Chicago, you can stop the busy and bossy rush hour commutes. Our drivers take you straight to your destination at low costs. Our smart algorithm was built for ride sharing and our corner to corner pickups make the ride faster and affordable for everyone. >We promise low-fares for everyone: Save money on cabs and ride anywhere within our service area for affordable fares. Passengers get premium, convenient rides for only a few dollars more than a city bus or subway. Eligible users can pay using pre-tax transit dollars through approved commuter benefit debit cards. All payment is directly through the app, making paying for your ride fast and completely seamless. >Superior customer service: Having transit troubles? Send us a text message anytime, and we’re happy to help! We offer real-time customer support so you can enjoy your ride. >Community: We’re proud to represent such a diverse community of riders and drivers. Via recognizes the value of sharing with our neighbors and believes that everyone benefits when we work together to make our city a better place. When we ride together, we benefit our city, our planet and one another. Welcome to the new alternative, transportation system. >Your friends are our friends: Share the Via love! We’re sure your friends would rather ride with us than public buses, trains, subways, and metros or expensive taxis. That’s why we make carpools fun. Refer friends to Via and you will earn free Ride Credit when your friend takes a ride.! >Environmentally friendly: Help keep our cities clean. Similar to carpools or shuttles, we can reduce congestion and emissions by sharing rides with one another. >Where and when can I Via? You can ride Via in New York (including JFK, EWR, and LGA airports), Chicago (including O’Hare and Midway airports), and Washington D.C.

App Reviews

  • Most affordable by far but inaccurate wait times

    By ATXchick22
    I recently broke my leg and have been unable to use the subway. Via is now my preferred mode of transportation to/from work since it is the most affordable in NYC by far (taxi for me is $25 to/from work while Via is $5 sharing and $11 express). The GPS is superior to all other ride sharing apps, as it makes sure the pickup/dropoff of other riders is actually the most direct route for you as well. No need to go out of your way to pickup another passenger and put you back 10 minutes — what a relief! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because the biggest problem I’ve noticed is the inaccurate wait time and ETA once you are in the car. My rule of thumb is to basically add 5 minutes for pickup and possibly 5-10 minutes for drop off to the time suggested by the app. Via, this is definitely worth looking into, as I don’t think your app calculates in traffic correctly. Thanks again Via!
  • A few REALLY bad experiences make this option terrible

    By Sophiatv
    Despite the price being the lowest, their efficiency and wait times are by far the longest. I’ve had 55% good experiences and 45% very very bad experiences. And those 45% experiences include everything from, wrong location pick up resulting in the driver canceling on me, very very very long wait times, rude drivers, very slow driving when you need to get to work on time, poor routing, changes in wait times nearly every single time, and wrong side of the street pick ups which resulted in me running through traffic so the car wouldn’t leave. Despite claiming they have a better navigation and better pay for their drivers their service consistently underperforms the competition (taxi cabs, Lyft, and Uber). Yes it’s cheap but as the saying goes - you really get what you pay for. They need to better handle peak hours and routing for pick up. I’ve stood on curbs with Via’s driving right past me. Routing is not better the WAZES or google maps which is pathetic. Think twice before using this. And if you do, make sure you aren’t in a hurry to get picked up or dropped off.
  • I love VIA!

    By juliefoe489
    It took me a little while to get used to setting Pick Up and Drop Off, but now it’s a breeze. I have been using VIA for over a year and have never experienced any of the bad things some reviewers mentioned. Yes, you have to build in little more time because it is a ride- sharing service, but longest wait time ever was 15 minutes. Most of the time it’s 6 - 8 minutes or less. I find the drivers are quiet unless you want to talk to them. I’ve never had anyone who was rude. You expect pickups/drop offs on the Avenues and sometimes the driver may turn onto a cross street, but when they say your car is here and you don’t see them, you can immediately call the driver (or they will call you) so you can find each other. You can go from Soho all the way to 110th Street for $5.99 + tax. You can’t beat it. I really love VIA way more than Uber or Lyft.
  • This app is garbage

    By $TiMaTi$
    I used this app for the second time today and call in a driver. This app automatically picks a location and makes u walk to your pick up location. First of all, I think that’s stupid. I should be picked up from my own location. Anyways, so I walk to the location I’m suppose to be and since there was snow and lots of call, I couldn’t identify where my driver was. So I called and it took the driver about 7-8 rings to finally answer. I was by a corner of two street. That’s where I was told to be by the app. Keep in mind it’s a normal street with traffic lights. In the traffic light , there a police officer waiting in red light. My driver says (on the phone) “listen I’m not gonna stop there because I don’t want a ticket because of u, so u have to move. Move somewhere else” and I’m like “what?” He then doesn’t even pick me up. I had to cancel the trip. Also In the car description , it said dodge but he wasn’t even driving a dodge. It was a van... horrible communication, horrible customer service, and this app does not seem safe at all. I’m going back to UBER or LYFT.
  • Ugh awful just don't do it

    By Sad and cold
    Horrible, I have never in my life written a review but I was so shocked by this experience I couldn't leave it unsaid. My first driver literally canceled the ride after waiting for no more than 2 minutes, he was on the wrong side of the street and it took my about that long to walk towards him. Not only that but by the time I got to him and tried to get in he wouldn't let me and claimed I was a "no show" even though I was standing right at his door. It was raining so hard and it was so cold and he just drove away even though his car was empty. I just called another car cause I was so tired and cold and it was almost midnight. This second driver was silent the whole ride and barely acknowledged my presence and then refused to take me all the way to my destination and left me like 30 blocks away. I ended up taking the subway the rest of the way. All and all, very unprofessional and just an exhausting experience. So much for trying something new, never EVER again, sticking with Lyft or Uber or literally walking.
  • One to many chances

    By Jazzyjay227
    I have ridden with Via multiple times. So far over 50% of my rides have been horrible! Either the driver is completely lost, or they are rude. It seems like when I have written Via about this, which has been 2 times now I have received NO response! I kept giving Via a “second” chance to see if it could have just been the drivers I have gotten. I am getting confirmation that this is always an unpleasant experience. This ride I am taking today will be my last ride. How do you pass a pickup spot by 5 blocks? I just don’t understand. Maybe it is the lack of care. I do not expect a response because I have not received one before. Hard to believe, but I typically do not complain and can be easy going. My driver today, flat out ignored me when I asked if she was familiar with a certain route. I was asking because phone reception goes out and I want to be helpful. She simple did not even respond. Then I said “hello?”, nothing, finally I say “ma’am?” And then I get a look from her. Thanks...I’m done.
  • Didn’t tell the whole truth

    By Jgoritz
    I saw they had a viapass but saw it said Manhattan, so before purchasing I emailed via and asked if I could use the pass in Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn. The representative told me that it does cover it and just to make sure I gave specific locations which he answer yes it does cover it. I said great and I purchased a week viapass to give it a try. I ordered the car (which takes forever to get to you) I didn’t notice anything unusual because I’ve only used via once before. I didn’t know what it looked like to use a pass so I confirmed a ride. Come to find out it does not cover boroughs. It only gives you a 10% discount. The representative failed to tell me this when I asked him twice. I took two rides. I rarely go into Manhattan. So I was changed the two ride (-10%) and the weekly pass which is around $70 so in total I spent $100 on something I was lead to believe would give me 4 rides a day anywhere in New York. I contacted customer support but have to wait up to 48hrs...very bad experience.
  • Good but needs improvement

    By stlewi
    DC Customer. I’ve been using Via for over a year in DC. I’ve seen improvements with the app. The estimated wait time has improved, but is still bad. I expect to wait TWICE as long as the app says. The estimated drop off time is always wrong. I expect to be dropped of 10 minutes LATER than what the app says. The routing is TRASH. It often leads me through more traffic. The cars are ok. The drivers are ok. Most are not familiar with DC and follow the poor routing. The pricing has gone up and up. That is pure garbage. While it’s still cheaper than other ride services, the price increases are unwarranted because there are in minor improvements in service. The worse thing about Via is not knowing where you’ll be dropped off. That level of uncertainty is a travesty. Riders need to know BEFORE they book the ride. Actually, the worse thing is that Via doesn’t go to ALL parts of the city. DC is a small city. There is no reason why we are limited to a small section of it. No reason at all. Overall, the drop off uncertainty, long wait times, poor routing, inexperienced drivers, and limited service it makes Via seem SUBSTANDARD. HOWEVER, I like Via a lot. A. LOT. It’s affordable. And that is huge. The affordable ViaPass is crucial to my happiness. It takes me where I need to go. I recommend the service, and hope for speedy improvements.
  • Affordable, efficient, not the fastest

    By miniflorals
    I've had a great experience with Via since moving to Manhattan. Of course, it's not as quick or direct as getting your own car, but if I'm choosing between other ride shares on Uber or Lyft and Via - I almost always go with Via, mostly because the price is unbeatable and I think their routes make a lot of sense. I've never had a nightmare scenario (Uberpool, yikes!), and from my conversations, it seems like the drivers are paid a solid hourly rate, which makes me feel better about the whole thing. Crazy when it's cheaper than the subway! I mean if there is, traffic the MTA is usually the better option but that's just NYC.
  • Cool in concept, but unreliable

    By Cygnet84
    I've been using via for almost a year, and the service has gone dramatically downhill. In the beginning, a few mistakes every now and then were acceptable because it was a new company trying to establish itself. The service gradually got better over the first six months. For the past six months however, Uber has become a much more reliable carpooling service. The time estimates in the Via app are only accurate about 25% of the time. Very often, I have to request two or three different Vias to eventually get where I am going. This can be extremely frustrating when I'm trying to make a meeting or be on time for a dinner reservation. I've contacted Via about the issue and the only response I get is "sorry, we'll try to do better." If time is of value to you, my advice is to use Uber.