Thanks to a new partnership between on-demand public mobility solutions provider Via and Ontario’s leading transit provider Sault Ste. Marie Transit Services, passengers can now hail a Sault Ste. Marie On-Demand bus in real-time to their desired stop, allowing for a more efficient utilization of city buses.
“We are thrilled to partner with the innovative team at The City of Sault Ste. Marie to bring Via’s technology to Ontario for the very first time,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada. “The new service shows how public transportation and technology can work together to make a city smarter,” he added.
Sault Ste. Marie On-Demand will initially operate on Sundays from 7:15 p.m. to midnight when ridership has historically been low on the existing fixed-route buses. Using the Sault Ste. Marie On-Demand app, riders will be able to hail a shuttle directly from their smartphone:
Via’s advanced algorithms will enable multiple riders to seamlessly share the vehicle. The powerful technology will direct passengers to a nearby bus stop within a short walking distance for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours, or inconvenient fixed routes and schedules.
Sault Ste. Marie On-Demand allows riders to travel from one pre-existing established stop to another as requested. Once the bus arrives, passengers can proceed onto the bus and pay using their existing transit pass or cash.
Available now for iOS and Android, the Sault Ste. Marie On-Demand app also provides riders with notifications and messages, and real-time vehicle tracking. You can download the app for free using the following App Store link.
Download Sault Ste. Marie On Demand for iPhone [Direct Link]