City of Gastonia Hosts Community Open House Meetings for New Microtransit Service

The City of Gastonia will host multiple public information sessions for its new ridesharing service, Go Gastonia, which launches July 1, 2024.

WHEN:          The City will host multiple meetings that are free and open to the public. The meetings will be drop-in with no formal presentation at a set time. Staff will be available to answer any questions and provide information about the new system.

First meeting:
Wednesday, June 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Phillips Center, 2031 Echo Lane in Gastonia.
A list of other meetings is available on the Go Gastonia webpage here.

WHY:             The City’s Transportation Department will phase out fixed-route buses and transition to an on-demand transit service. The sessions are free and open to the public.

HOW:             The new service will be offered by TransitTech provider Via starting July 1, 2024.

Gastonia Transit currently operates six fixed-routes within the City of Gastonia and is characterized as a “pulse” system with the majority of the routes beginning and ending at the Bradley Station at regular intervals. The agency covers nearly 295,000 miles per year, providing service to over 144,000 passengers in FY 2023. The system currently averages seven passengers per vehicle hour across all routes.


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.
About Via
Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to develop public mobility systems — optimizing networks of buses, shuttles, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, school buses, autonomous vehicles, and electric vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all passengers — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the costs of public transit while providing transportation options that rival the convenience of a personal car while reducing environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, providing technology in 700 communities and more than 35 countries and counting.