City celebrates expansion of Richmond Moves, the ‘low-cost Uber’

City celebrates expansion of Richmond Moves, low-cost Uber
Photos by Mike Kinney.

By Mike Kinney

Richmond city leaders and state policymakers gathered at Civic Center Plaza Tuesday to celebrate the citywide expansion of Richmond Moves, described as a low-cost Uber.

The electric, on-demand, app-based public transit program charges $2 per ride to take you anywhere you want to go in the city. The program launched in 2022 in limited areas but service has expanded citywide.

To date, Richmond Moves has served nearly 75,000 rides, with top destinations connecting residents to BART, AC Transit, the Richmond Ferry and schools, according to city officials. Nearly half of rides replace trips previously served by single-occupancy vehicles, the city said.

“We now will be able to serve some of Richmond’s most vulnerable populations with good, safe public transportation,” said City Councilmember Claudia Jimenez.

Richmond Moves’ operations and software are powered by TransitTech provider Via. Rides will remain free for all, and wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available.

Jeremy Tillunger of Via Transportation said the service’s electric shuttles can transport five to six people, potentially lifting as many vehicles off the roads.

The program launched with funding from the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Program, and just expanded to cover most of the city by using funding from CalSTA’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

This reporter took a ride on the new shuttle bus during Tuesday’s event and found the ride smooth, clean and spacious.

For more information on Richmond Moves, go here.