In just a few days, the city is planning to introduce a new way to catch a transit bus.
Dynamic dispatching, what the city is calling a ‘new, efficient, and convenient public transit booking and tracking system’.
In a release, the city says the new transit will operate throughout most of the city on evenings between Monday and Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 6 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday, 8 am to 7 pm, starting January 24.
Instead of a traditional fixed-route, the riders will be able to download myRide NBT Dynamic Dispatching app to book their trips. Using the app, passengers can select a pick-up and drop-off location and confirm their ride. Once a ride is booked, dynamic dispatching technology matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into one bus and directs passengers to a convenient bus stop location. The myRide NBT app, which is now available for download at the Apple or Google Play store, will provide time of arrival information and allow for real-time bus tracking.
Council approved the contract for a pilot of the program in August, noting ridership had been reduced by the pandemic.
“We’re pleased to be introducing a new public transit option to our residents and we’re hopeful that this pilot project will lead to improved service and efficiency,” said Coun. Chris Mayne, Chairman of Council’s Infrastructure and Operations Committee. “It is timely that we’re exploring alternatives to conventional bus service during the pandemic at a time when demand has been drastically reduced. Dynamic dispatching could provide us with more flexibility to better adapt to the current situation.”
Dynamic bus dispatching will be used during low transit demand times and in areas where fixed routes are most inefficient and expensive with the aim of reducing wait times, providing more direct trips and improving efficiency. As such, the service will be available throughout the City with the exception of the south end, which will continue to be serviced by two fixed routes.
How to Book a Trip
- Download the free myRide NBT app from the Apple or Google Play store.
- Provide rider information
- Select your payment option: monthly pass, cash, or transfer.
- The app lets you know when to expect your ride and where to wait.
- Watch your bus arrive in real time via the app.
- Use the app to lead you to the convenient bus stop for pick-up.
Other Booking Options
Call at transit dispatch at 705-474-0419
Fares & Payment Options
Fares for dynamic dispatching are the same as regular North Bay Transit fares and are paid upon boarding.
Hours of Service
Dynamic Dispatching operates evenings Monday through Friday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and all day on Sundays. Rides cannot be booked outside of these service hours.
For more information on visit: https://www.northbay.ca/services-payments/north-bay-transit/dynamic-dispatching/