Via offers VIAPASS – Unlimited Rides in New York City

ViaPass Unlimited Via Rides

Via introduces VIAPASS – Unlimited Rides in New York City

Via is trying out something new called VIAPASS which gives you unlimited rides in New York City for either 7 or 30 days. Given that rides are only $5 each ($5.95 on weekends), this will only be worth it if you take at least 2 rides per day, every single day, including weekends! There are a limited quantity of ViaPasses, though I’m not sure how popular this will be. Considering it costs more than double an unlimited monthly subway pass, I think the price will need to drop a bit to catch on.

PRICING

  • 7-day unlimited ViaPass = $69
  • 30-day unlimited ViaPass = $255
  • Compare vs 30-day Unlimited MetroCard = $116.50 (ViaPass is almost 2.2x the cost)

IS PAY PER RIDE BETER?

Regular Via (Per per ride) is probably better for most people.

With the 7 day pass, you’ll be paying $9.85 per day for 7 days. If you only use it to and from work on weekdays, you are paying $13.80 per day, which is more expensive than just paying the regular $5 per ride fare.

With the 30 day pass, you are paying $8.50 per day for 30 days. Similar to above, if you only go to and from work on weekdays, you pay $12.75 per day. Again, you are better off just paying per ride.

So who is this targeting? Maybe Doordash, Delivery.com, TryCaviar, messengers and other restaurant delivery people who might use 10-20+ via’s per day? Maybe Via will combine food delivery and you can get your food while getting a ride.

HOW TO SIGN UP

  1. New Users – Get $10 credit when you sign up with a promo code. Download the free app: App Store or Google Play. Enter it here on the app: click MENU –> PROMO CODES.
  2. Add a commuter card. Click MENU -> BILLING
  3. Buy ViaPass: Click MENU -> RIDE CREDIT and choose either the 7 day or 30 day pass. **If you do not see the ViaPass option, UPDATE YOUR APP

Here are the options you should see:

ViaPass Unlimited Rides

VIAPASS RULES

  • The ViaPass is activated when you take your first ride.
  • Just like an Unlimited MetroCard, the ViaPass is designed for you – additional passengers are extra. But because you’re a superstar, +1s are just $2 each when you have a valid ViaPass.
  • The ViaPass is only valid for rides within Manhattan. If you’re traveling to JFK, LaGuardia, Chicago, DC, or South Orange County, you’ll need to buy extra Ride Credit.
  • We’ll still need to charge you the standard $3 for canceling more than 1 minute after booking and for missing your pickup, since these are never cool, even with a ViaPass.
  • There is a limited number of ViaPasses available for purchase this summer. Act quickly if you want one.

COMMUTER CRDIT CARD (USE PRE-TAX DOLLARS)

Via says they require you to use one of the following commuter cards to pay for ViaPass, though I did see the option available for friends who did not add a commuter card.

  • WageWorks Commuter Card
  • TransitChek Visa Card
  • Commuter Check MasterCard
  • Beniversal MasterCard
  • eTRAC MasterCard
  • Benefit Strategies Visa Card

MORE FREE RIDE CREDITS

 

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