The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has granted $499,950 to the County of Wellington to develop a demand-based ridesharing system that will service Wellington County. The new ridesharing service, which is scheduled to launch in April 2019, will utilize a mobile app to book, pay and track trips. A call centre will also be available for residents that do not have access to a mobile phone.
The need for a public transit service in Wellington County was identified in the 2015 Wellington County Rural Transportation Study, and more recently in a 2018 study with stakeholder meetings and a County of Wellington Community Response Survey. Within five days, results from the survey confirmed community support for this project, indicating that 89% of 869 respondents would like a public transportation system to service Wellington County communities.
An Implementation Team is currently working with Dillon Consulting Limited and existing community partners to design a system that will make it more convenient for residents, visitors, seniors, youth, persons with disabilities, and others to access essential services in Wellington County.
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