North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Replacing underperforming fixed routes
3 on-demand accessible buses / 2 fixed route accessible buses
fewer vehicle miles driven in on-demand area
decrease in vehicles needed
rides completed in first three months of service
In January 2021, North Bay Transit partnered with Via to launch myRideNB on evenings and weekends. The City is divided into an on-demand zone where three buses operate dynamically and a fixed route zone where two buses operate on a schedule. After a rider requests a trip using the myRideNB app or by phone, Via’s algorithm directs them to an on-demand vehicle or a fixed route bus — depending on which is the better option at the time of booking. For riders needing to connect between the on-demand and fixed route services, Via’s technology calculates a multimodal trip proposal with guidance on when and how to transfer between the two modes.
Wait and travel times have been reduced in the on-demand zone. We are observing a mileage reduction in the on-demand zone, too.”