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How do I book a ride?

Download the free Via app (available on iPhone and Android), sign up for Via, and book a ride in a few super easy steps:

STEP 1: Move the map until the blue marker is at your desired pickup location, or enter your pickup  and press "Confirm my Location." You can also manually type your address in the search bar and select the correct one from the drop down, or choose one of the pre-populated points of interest. 

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STEP 2: Confirm your booking for the correct number of passengers. With Birmingham On-Demand, you can book up to 6 passengers in one ride booking. If you need to increase the passenger count, you can hit the + button to add an additional passenger or the - button to subtract.

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STEP 3: Move the map until the orange marker is at your desired drop-off location and press "Set My Destination." You can also manually type your address in the search bar and select the correct one from the drop down, or choose one of the pre-populated points of interest. We will check for available vehicles and connect you with the best vehicle for your ride.

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STEP 4: Review the ride offer in the proposal screen (you may receive several proposals with different ETAs). Select the one that works best for you and press "Book This Ride." All the details, including exact pick up location and information on the car picking you up, will then be displayed.

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Don't have a smartphone? Call Birmingham On-Demand live support at 205-236-0768 to book a ride over the phone. Please be prepared to provide the phone number tied to your account, your pick up address, and your drop off address.

 

What are the points of interest in the app?

There are pre-populated points of interest in the Via app. Select them to navigate quickly to the locations that interest you!

Where do I wait for my ride?

After you book a ride, the app will display the pickup location where the vehicle will meet you. Birmingham On-Demand is a corner-to-corner service, so we’ll pick you up and drop you off at a nearby corner!

Make sure you’re at the pickup spot when the vehicle arrives! The app will count down the minutes to your vehicle’s arrival, and we’ll send you a text when the vehicle is two minutes away and again when it arrives. For assistance, you can reply to that text or call our Live Support team at 205-236-0768 - we can always help! Additionally, you can contact the driver partner at any time directly through the app by pressing the small blue phone icon located on the right, at the bottom of the screen. 

Remember: Birmingham On-Demand is a community, and you’re sharing your ride with other members. Keeping them waiting results in delays for the whole community, and if you’re more than 2 minutes late, the vehicle will have to leave. It’s the only way we can move everyone so quickly at such an incredible price.

Want to track your vehicle while you wait? In the app, zoom out from your pickup spot or click the small compass icon in the bottom right, and you’ll be able to follow the vehicle on the map as it approaches.

How do I know when my vehicle will arrive?

After you set your pickup and dropoff locations in the app, we'll give you an estimated time until your vehicle arrives. When your car is 2 minutes away, we'll send you a text message to let you know that your ride is getting close. When your ride arrives, we'll send you another text to let you know!

How much does a ride cost?

All rides are $1.50 per person. Weekly passes are $14, which gives you 4 rides per day! Monthly passes are $54, which also gives you 4 rides per day, no matter where in the service zone you go!

Can I bring my friends and family with me in a Birmingham On-Demand vehicle?

Yes! Vehicles can accommodate up to 6 passengers at a time. To add an additional person(s) to your ride, simply press the + and - signs using your pick up pin. Each additional passenger is $0.75 each!

What do Birmingham On-Demand vehicles look like?

The best way to identify your vehicle is by checking the license plate number displayed in your app and in the text messages you receive from us. Additionally, our vehicles have the City of Birmingham and Via logos on them, so you can easily spot them when they pull up. Just check to make sure the license plate number matches and you're all set to board!

How do I know which car is mine?

When you book your vehicle, we'll list the information about the car coming to pick you up directly in the ride screen. This will include the license plate number as well as the make and model of the car.

When the vehicle is approaching, we'll send you a quick reminder text with the vehicle information (as well as the pick up spot details). Once the vehicle has arrived, you'll receive another text and a "Your Via is here" message in your app.

I don't have a smartphone. Can I still create an account?

Yes, you can create an account over the phone. Please call our live support number at 205-236-0768 and an agent will assist you.

How do I cancel a ride?

After a ride has been booked, you can cancel it by selecting the "Cancel Ride" option, at the bottom of your phone screen.

Please note that sometimes the "Cancel Ride" button will be hidden on the screen in order to give you more space to view the map. You can find the button again by pressing the grey line on the bottom of your screen just above the vehicle license plate number and description.

Our policy is that for any rides canceled more than 1 minute after booking, Birmingham On-Demand reserves the right to charge a $0.50 cancellation fee. As soon as a request enters the system, the car assigned is rerouted to accommodate the pick up, so a cancellation can end up adding a slight detour to not just the driver but also the existing passengers in the vehicle. However, if a cancellation occurs because the current ETA is more than 5 minutes greater than the original ETA that was quoted at the time of booking, the system will automatically waive the cancellation fee as we understand that in these situations our members need to be able to make the most informed decision about their ride. We are also happy to waive the cancellation fee in the event of an emergency or unforeseen situation.

I am a wheelchair passenger. Do you have vehicles that can accommodate me?

Yes! If you need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, please make sure to toggle on the "Wheelchair Accessible" option in your account profile. If you don't have a smartphone and require assistance with creating your account, you can let our Live Support team know you need a wheelchair accessible vehicle at that time. You will then be matched with a wheelchair accessible vehicle for your ride.

How do I use my ride credit?

You can always select the “Ride Credit” menu option to see how much value you still have in your account. Ride credit will automatically be applied once you take a ride, and will also be displayed on your receipt!

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