North Grenville’s municipal-wide on-demand transit service launches today, Monday, January 15, 2024.
“After extensive consultation with rural transit experts, we are thrilled to be launching NGtransit so that we can better respond to the needs of more residents and businesses,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“The service will significantly expand upon the current limited service that the municipality has been only offering to seniors and persons with disabilities since 2019.”
The mayor explained that partial funding to support the municipal transit system operating costs comes from the provincial Gas Tax. As the system grows, the province will provide more dollars based on ridership.
The new service will be available seven days a week to residents of all ages and abilities who need to travel within North Grenville’s boundaries.
Students 12 years of age and older will be able to ride independently.
The service will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Residents can book transit in three easy ways: by phone, online or through the new Blaise app.
Pre-registration is required in order to book a ride. This can be down via the app, phone and website.
DOWNLOAD APP: Ride.blaisetransit.com
Riders may book their trip up to one month in advance, and they must book no less than 30 minutes in advance. All rides are subject to availability, and the Municipality is encouraging users to book well in advance.
Same day trips will be accommodated as long as there is space. Riders will receive an initial confirmation as soon as they book their trip, with a re-confirmation of their trip details 30 minutes before their trip.
Fees are $5 per ride for adults and $3 for youth (ages 12 – 19). Youth aged 11 and under are free.
The Municipality will be offering free passes for residents to use for their first ride. Registration is still required to use the pass. Passes will be available at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, North Grenville Public Library, Kemptville Youth Centre, Seniors Community Services and Community Living.
North Grenville’s current accessible transit service for seniors and persons with disabilities is still active and will continue to be offered to eligible users until the new system is launched.
Further details about the transit system is available at www.northgrenville.ca