On-Demand Transit: Solving for the last mile

By Transport Action Ontario | Urban Transit

May 13

Good transit that everyone can use builds strong and inclusive communities, and connects people with inter-city rail and bus services, but only a few cities in Canada can claim to offer an adequate service. Smaller cities, suburbs, and rural communities are almost universally underserved, and many municipalities are starting to ask whether new technology and new service models can close this gap.

In the last two years, there have been many on-demand dynamic transit pilot projects in North America, including at least four in Ontario:

  • Milton – one year pilot moving passengers to from GO station
  • Innisfil – subsidizing Uber in lieu of conventional transit
  • Aurora – ongoing pilot from home to/from GO station during peak periods
  • Belleville – late night on-demand service to/from any bus stop in the City

Many dynamic transit pilot projects across North America have been dogged by high costs and low passenger numbers. Belleville has avoided this, serving 300% more passengers each night in just six months, and improving cost recovery dramatically.

Therefore, we invited Jeremy Eves from Pantonium, the Toronto software company behind this success, to speak at our Ontario AGM on May 4th, to share with us how they did it, and how this could be replicated by other communities.

You can watch the whole presentation online, and share it with your municipal leaders:

Service providers mentioned in the presentation include:

Note: This is the first time we’ve done a YouTube video. With the help of volunteers to do the recording and editing, we’re hoping to use this to bring more of the meetings we hold to all our members across the country. Can you help us with recording or editing? Let us know.

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