BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – A popular new way to get around Birmingham could stretch over the mountain. The City of Homewood is surveying residents to see if there is a demand for Via Transit.

Homewood City Councilor John Hardin said the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, which helped the City of Birmingham establish its pilot program, approached Homewood to consider the service which has been popular in Birmingham. Birmingham on Demand, as it’s known, allows passengers to use their mobile or home phones to book a ride that takes them from close to their location a few blocks from their destination.

Homewood recently posted a 14-question survey on its website to gauge interest in the service. Hardin says the city will likely make the survey available elsewhere in the coming weeks.

“My feeling is, and this is my point of view, that there are probably a lot of people who would like to go from Homewood to Birmingham and then back,” says Hardin, who represents Ward 5, Square 2.

He says he could see Homewood and Birmingham create a deal that would allow users to travel from city to city.

“The first step is to see if there is a demand and where is the demand,” he says.

The Birmingham program is still operating on a trial basis and serves much of the city center and parts of the west. The city is in talks with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority about the possibility for the transit company to provide on-demand service.

Hardin says the on-demand service review is not an attempt to remove BJCTA’s fixed route bus service which currently serves both Birmingham and Homewood.

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