Founded in 2017, ViaVan is a joint venture between Via, provider, and developer of on-demand public mobility and Mercedes-Benz Vans. Recently, the company has announced a new demand-responsive transport system i2n Tees Valley in partnership with Stagecoach Group, a leading public transport provider in the United Kingdom.
Called Tees Flex, the new service aims to provide a new form of public transport focused on comfort, flexibility, and affordability, while reducing traffic congestion and pollution caused by carbon emissions. This new service is powered by nine new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, funded by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority.
With the launch of Tees Flex, residents in more rural communities, from students and families to the elderly, will have the opportunities to get around the region quickly, easily, cheaply, and in comfort.
Cheap/ free rides!
The ride cost as little as 50p — or even free for some residents. Users will be able to hail a ride in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter using Tees Flex app (iOS and Android). The company’s advanced algorithms will enable multiple riders to share the vehicle seamlessly.
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.
Tees Valley now joins cities across the UK partnering with ViaVan to power on-demand transport networks, including London, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Oxford, and Leicester.
Chris Snyder, CEO of ViaVan:
Over the next few years, we’re increasingly going to see cities and towns asking how they can provide their residents with transportation that provides the same ease and convenience as private car ownership, and yet still achieves the same environmental and congestion-reducing benefits of mass transport. We are proud to partner with Stagecoach to provide residents of Tees Valley with a convenient, affordable, and congestion-reducing shared transportation alternative that creates a viable alternative to private car usage.
Main image picture credits: ViaVan
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