Moving On

Rural Ottawa Transportation Solutions

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Some Basic Reading of Others' Initiatives

  • A Summary of Some Rural Transit Solutions in and around Ontario. See a FlipBook presentation based on the work of the Rural Issues Collective:  


Providing affordable and financially sustainable transportation in rural areas will always be a challenge due to the low population densities and the long travel distances. The fare cost among the variety of rural transportation solutions  is generally in the range $3 - $5. But local solutions will often necessitate some degree of subsidization by the general taxpayer through the Residential Tax revenue. 

Within Ottawa’s Urban Transit Area the source of funding for the operation and maintenance of their full OC Transpo service is split approximately 50/50 between fares and tax revenue and represents about $665 to the average residential tax bill. On the other hand, some Ottawa rural villages that have opted for a local rush-hour bus service have opted to pay about $150 on their annual tax bill.



RideShark Corporation Partners with County of Renfrew and Ontario to Develop World’s First Winterized On-Demand Community Transit Network

In partnership with the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), RideShark will pilot a winterized on-demand transportation technology solution for Renfrew County.

RideShark is a global leading provider of commuter management solutions that public sector, corporate and campus-based organizations use to promote safe and sustainable mobility options such as carpooling, vanpooling, public transit and active transportation, all on one easy-to-use app.  Leveraging its Unified Mobility™ platform, RideShark will develop a community transit solution that can withstand harsh Canadian winters on semi-urban and rural roads.