The wheels are turning to bring transportation to areas of the city not currently serviced by the TTC.
And it may mean more competition for ride-share service, Uber.
On Wednesday, the TTC is holding it’s monthly board meeting. One of the items listed on the agenda, Implications of Microtransit, deals with the possibility of contracting out a third party service to carry passengers to hard-to-serve areas, where they could then connect with TTC services.
The service would replace large buses on routes with low demand, and has the potential to reduce traffic congestion by taking personal vehicles off the road.
Deputy Mayor, and Ward 34 councilor Denzil Minon-Wong says as idea like this is worth checking out.
“When you have all these buses driving around all around the city at midnight, where there is no one on that bus…paying for a 40 foot bus, plus the cost of running the bus, plus the cost of labour and no one is using it. That’s really expensive and you’re getting no value out of it. If you could find a better service, wouldn’t you want to use that? It’s not meant to be like ride sharing kind of like they have for Uber right now, or any of the other services. It’s on a larger basis. It’s done in many cities right now like New York and San Francisco. So this arrangement is a way in which we have the capacity, potentially, to provide better service at a lower cost, and who doesn’t like that. We could use a microtransit arrangement where we could contract out smaller vehicles to pick people up and take them to their homes.”
A prepared report looking into the concept will be presented to the board. And if the recommendations are approved, Minon-Wong says they will move to the next step, and gauge interest on the idea, which would possibly lead to a pilot project.