Last May, the Town of Innisfil, Ontario, partnered with Uber to launch what was Canada’s first ridesharing-transit partnership. Today, both parties have announced an expansion of this agreement to add two new flat fares.
The new $3 flat fare destinations added today are below:
- Innisfil ideaLAB and Library (Alcona), located at 967 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil.
- South Innisfil Community Centre (Lefroy), located at 1354 Killarney Beach Road, Innisfil.
The addition of new flat fares also comes with a renewed financial commitment as well.
According to Innisfil Transit, the partnership with Uber “has been a great success”. Over the first 8 months of the program, over 26,700 Innisfil Transit trips were taken by over 3,400 residents to connect to the Barrie GO station.
Meanwhile, over 1,300 Uber drivers have driven fellow citizens around the community.
“Innisfil Transit has had a major impact on our community, providing residents with a safe, convenient and inexpensive door-to-door transit solution that a bus system could never provide,” said Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchop, in a statement.
The town says “more people are using the service than it was anticipated would use a bus—and at a lower cost to the town,” while savings estimates for Innisfil are pegged at over $8 million per year, compared to an equivalent door-to-door bus system.
“Innisfil Transit is seen around the world as an example of how out-of-the-box thinking, mixed with an appetite for innovation, can have a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Rob Khazzam, Uber Canada General Manager, in a statement.
For residents looking for Accessible Vehicle Requests, they can be made by calling Barrie-Innisfil taxi (705-721-7777), and prices will be the same as Uber trips.