Albemarle County, Va., and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) have launched MicroCat, an on-demand transit rideshare service that provides reliable and affordable transportation to residents of Albemarle County.
MicroCAT is a transit option that matches multiple passengers traveling in the same direction into one shared minivan to solve “transit deserts,” or areas where fixed-routes cannot efficiently reach.
The service has begun operations in Pantops and Route 29 North.
The Micro CAT service is an app-based software system that functions similarly to Uber or Lyft. The fleet consists of MicroCAT-branded vehicles and wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be available upon request to ensure accessibility.
The pilot-program will operate fare-free. The service will operate Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.