An on-demand shared-ride program that provides vets with access to free transportation to help them get to doctor’s appointments, their jobs or school has been launched in Washington, D.C.
Known as VetsRides, the program is a partnership between Via, the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office for Veterans Affairs and the Department of For-Hire Vehicles.
“We have increasingly seen cities ask how they can provide transportation solutions that improve mobility and opportunity for residents who need it most, and we are excited to introduce a cost-effective, convenient, and on-demand mobility offering for veterans through this program,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.
VetsRides supports veterans as they re-engage with the community and the workforce, according to a release announcing the program. Qualifying veterans in the D.C. area will be able to book up to four rides a month either directly through the Via mobile app, or by dialing a call-center.
Director of the DC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Eliot Tommingo said that veterans in the nation’s capital deserve a “pathway to the middle class and access to their federal benefits. VetsRide provides that capability through transport to their medical appointments, employment opportunities, education, and housing appointments.”
The service will include wheelchair-accessible vehicles, and veterans can register for the service through Tommingo’s office. For more information, visit https://platform.ridewithvia.com/