New extended hours for NGtransit

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North Grenville’s Council has announced an important enhancement to its on-demand transportation system as part of Budget 2024. Beginning April 1, NGtransit has extended its hours Monday to Saturday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm. Sunday hours remain unchanged – from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Marking the extension of NGTransit services were, l to r: Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan, Mayor Peckford, Steve Clark, MPP, Councillor Kristin Strackerjan, and Councillor Deb Wilson.

“We are excited to announce the extension of the NGtransit hours as part of Budget 2024,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “This enhancement reflects our commitment to providing accessible and efficient transportation options to all residents of North Grenville. Many have shared that an extra hour of service would enable NGtransit to better respond to the needs of service workers, youth and other residents. We appreciate this feedback and have adjusted the service accordingly.”

 In addition, to ensure time efficiency for all riders, the booking software team Blaise has updated the system so that users requiring extra time to embark/disembark the bus are able to be accommodated, while at the same time optimizing the service to avoid delays.

The Municipality will continue to explore opportunities for expansion and improvements to ensure that NGtransit remains a reliable and convenient transportation option for all residents.

“Congratulations to NGtransit and the Municipality of North Grenville for extending the hours of operation, making this important service even more accessible and convenient for residents,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “I’m proud our government continues to support municipal transit systems in rural and small urban communities like North Grenville because I recognize the vital role transportation plays in connecting people of all ages to their communities.”

North Grenville’s First On-Demand Transit Service

NGTransit is available seven days a week to residents of all ages and abilities who need to travel within North Grenville’s boundaries. Pre-registration is required in order to book a ride. There are three ways to book a ride: by phone (613-368-5620), online at ride.blaisetransit.com or through the Blaise app.

Riders may book their trip up to one (1) month in advance, and they must book no less than thirty (30) minutes in advance. All rides are subject to availability, and the Municipality is encouraging users to book well in advance.

Fees are $5 per ride for adults and $3 for youth (ages 12 – 19). Rides for youth aged 11 and under are free and they must be accompanied by someone at least 12 years of age.

Expansion of North Grenville’s on-demand transit system was approved as part of the 2024 municipal budget. In addition, partial funding to support the municipal transit system operating costs comes from the provincial Gas Tax. As the system continues to grow, the Province will provide more dollars based on ridership.

More details about the transit system are available at www.northgrenville.ca/transit.

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