Working with transportation agencies in communities across Canada, our teams help identify and pilot tailored approaches to meet the growing demand for accessible transportation options. Our goal is to deliver mobility to residents beyond the traditional fixed-route service.

 

With increasing traffic congestion and outdated or underutilized infrastructure, now is the time to rethink our approach to public transportation. Each day we are challenged to develop new solutions to these issues, and while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, there are 4 main considerations that go into modernizing a transportation system with an on demand service delivery model:

 

Environmental Sustainability:

When considering integrating an on demand transportation model, it’s important to look at the potential impact that your current fixed-route service has on the environment. The traditional way we operate transit may be unsustainable, not only from an environmental perspective but also from a consumer or economic perspective. Integration of an on demand service has the potential to decrease traffic congestion and reduce the instances of vehicles running empty on our roadways, resulting in decreased carbon emissions. 

 

Communication and Convenience:

The times we live in are demand-based. Today’s consumer knows what they want and they don’t want to wait for it – when it comes to their transportation services, it’s no different. People want mobility services tailored to their specific needs and they want the technology to keep them connected and informed.  When it comes to on demand transportation, PWT understands this need and only utilizes the best in industry ride-sharing technology, combined with superior customer service to deliver top-of-the-line on demand services. 

 

First/Last Mile Consideration:

Many cities and towns’ conventional transit services are well utilized and move thousands of people on a daily basis. However, this traditional approach to transit, though well utilized, doesn’t cover all of the bases. There are many areas in urban and rural landscapes that are under-served by conventional transit systems, or not served at all. The on-demand application of transit can be used in a way that leaves nobody behind. Acting as a solution to the first/last mile problem, on demand transportation services can be integrated within conventional transit systems to improve access to existing infrastructure and drive further ridership on conventional services.

 

Funding and Cost Recovery:

Typically, public transportation isn’t a profit-generating venture. Municipalities are allocated a fixed sum of money and try to develop a transportation service model that is attractive to everyone – this is something that is very difficult to do with a one-size-fits-all, conventional transit approach. The integration of an on demand model can allow you to reach more customers with a customizable service offering, reducing the number of empty vehicles on the road and resulting in cost savings by taking money previously allocated to low-performing services and reallocating it to other areas. 

 

There are clear benefits and a growing list of agencies employing private, demand-responsive models within their existing transit systems, with many seeing overall reduced cost, increased ridership, and convenience to riders. 

At PWT, we are leaders in the people transportation industry and have the experience and technology to respond to unique development requirements to help you succeed — we aspire to build a service that is adaptable and brings effective solutions to your transportation problems.

 

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