North Bay, ON – Sept. 26, 2022 – North Bay Transit has added a new bus stop at the Ontario Northland Bus Terminal on Station Road as part of its dynamic dispatching service.
Launched in January 2021, dynamic dispatching operates throughout most of the City in the evenings Monday through Friday between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., and Saturdays between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Instead of traditional fixed-route service, riders can book trips using the myRide NBT app or by telephone. Once a ride is booked, dynamic dispatching technology matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction into one bus and directs passengers to a marked convenient bus stop location for pick up. Drop off locations will also occur at a designated NBT bus stop, selected on the app. The myRide NBT app, available for download at the Apple or Google Play store, provides time of arrival information and allows for real-time bus tracking.
“With this new “virtual” stop, we are improving the connectivity of North Bay Transit,” says Drew Poeta, North Bay Transit Manager. “We look forward to continuing to work with Ontario Northland and other community stakeholders to further enhance our public transit system.”
This new “virtual” bus stop will provide Ontario Northland passengers with more convenient and accessible transit service to and from the Terminal, while serving as another location in the Seymour Street area for dynamic dispatching pick-up and drop-off.
“By offering this service at our North Bay terminal, we are enhancing connections to make travel more convenient, safe and affordable for our passengers,” says Herb St. George, Customer Experience Manager at Ontario Northland. “We are happy to partner with the City of North Bay on this innovative project.”
To date, dynamic dispatching has provided a total of more than 75,000 rides, while the myRideNBT app has been installed approximately 10,000 times and has seen the creation of more than 7,000 accounts.