Sault Ste. Marie On Demand
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Replacing fixed routes
8 accessible vehicles
of rides were shared prior to COVID-19
passengers on average per vehicle hour
Following a competitive procurement in the spring of 2019, the City selected Via to transition their Sunday evening fixed route network of nine buses to an on-demand transit network of eight buses. Riders may travel from one existing bus stop or approved “Virtual Bus Stop” to another as requested through mobile app booking or by calling a dispatcher, and they pay the regular $2.95 bus fare or use their transit pass. Because the service is so successful, Sault Ste Marie is now considering on-demand at other times.
This could essentially be the future of transit."