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Ontarian city turns to Uber for public transit

Instead of investing in an expensive public transit infrastructure, the Canadian town of Innisfil has struck a deal with ride-hailing company Uber. It will subsidize the rides its residents take with Uber Canada, by offering attractive flat rates for those travelling to a selection of public places and discounts when going to other places in the city.

This is the first time in Canada that a municipality chooses subsidised ride-hailing to fill a public transport void, Automotive News Canada reports. "The issue we've got is with the population so spread out," Deputy mayor Lynn Dollin said. "Any of the areas that we would try to set up fixed-route transit or a more traditional transit system with, we'd end up not servicing about 80 per cent of the geography but asking everybody to subsidize it.”
  18/05/2017  |  Dieter Quartier

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