Via and Niagara Region Transit (NRT) have launched NRT OnDemand, a new on-demand transit service in West Niagara.
The service is to provide residents with an affordable, efficient and convenient public transit option in the mostly rural areas of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Pelham.
It will provide connections to the transit hubs at the St. Catharines Bus Terminal, Welland Bus Terminal and Port Colborne City Hall.
Riders in Grimsby, Lincoln and Pelham, will be able to book a shared ride for local trips within their municipality as well as inter-municipal trips. Riders in Wainfleet and West Lincoln will be able to book a shared ride for inter-municipal trips, but not within their individual municipality. Connections to-or-from nearby transit hubs will be available to facilitate access to fixed line transit options with the touch of a button.
“NRT OnDemand represents an opportunity for technology and public transit to work together to expand access to efficient, convenient and affordable mobility solutions without the need for a private vehicle,” said Via CEO and co-founder Daniel Ramot. “We are proud to work with Niagara Region Transit to demonstrate how flexible, digital solutions can create and extend public transit infrastructure to support rural communities in a new way.”
Using the NRT OnDemand mobile app, or by calling 289-302-2172 for riders without access to a smartphone, passengers will select a pickup and drop-off location within the service zone and confirm their ride. Once a ride is booked, Via’s technology matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into one of 10 high-capacity vehicles, and directs passengers to a nearby corner, or “virtual bus stop.” Via’s technology routes vehicles in real-time, minimizing detours by using virtual bus stops to reduce congestion and emissions.
In line with public health guidelines at launch, riders are required to wear masks and will be separated from drivers with a partition. In addition, the vehicles will be cleaned thoroughly and frequently.
“With the launch of NRT OnDemand, all of Niagara’s municipalities will now be connected through public transit. This dynamic, new service will allow all residents of West Niagara to have the freedom to go where they want, when they want using transit,” said Regional Chair Jim Bradley. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together with our local partners. The seamless connectivity provided by NRT OnDemand certainly demonstrates the potential for future aligned, unified transit solutions for all of Niagara.”
NRT OnDemand service is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It will include both wheelchair-accessible vehicles and vehicles equipped with bicycle racks. The fare for inter-municipal trips, including connections to St. Catharines, Welland and Port Colborne is $6.00. The intra-municipal fares for riders in Grimsby, Lincoln and Pelham is $3.00.
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