New On-Demand Microtransit Pilot coming to Breslau

Published on September 25, 2020

Metrolinx to provide $175,000 in funding to help connect residents to public transit

Through a partnership with Metrolinx and Grand River Transit (GRT), a new on-demand microtransit pilot service is being designed for the community of Breslau in the Township of Woolwich in efforts to make it faster and more convenient for residents to connect to public transit in the Region of Waterloo.

Metrolinx has been working with GRT on this pilot since 2019 and is providing $175,000 to collect anonymized information from Breslau residents on how to better connect the growing community to public transit in the region. Of this, $50,000 will be allocated to share the data set from the three pilots conducted in 2018 and 2019. The remaining $125,000 will go toward designing a new pilot program and data-sharing.

“This funding from the province ensures that the residents of Breslau have a say in how this on-demand microtransit pilot should be designed to work best for them,” said Mike Harris, MPP for KitchenerConestoga. “This service will link Breslau to jobs and major transit routes, better connecting this growing community to the Region of Waterloo’s public transit systems, making it easier for residents to get where they need to go.”

"The funding provided by Metrolinx will greatly assist our region as we strive to make public transit available to residents who currently face limited access," added Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener SouthHespeler. “I’m confident that on-demand transit service will be welcome news for those who travel to and from Breslau."

The goal of the project is to connect people travelling to and from Breslau to nearby jobs, local destinations, and other GRT and GO Transit routes in the Region using on-demand transit software and services. Details about the service will be determined through public engagement and analysis to be carried out in the coming months.

“Metrolinx remains committed to working with the Ministry of Transportation and our municipal partners to build on all of the work that has been done to date and find new and innovative ways to move people throughout the region more efficiently and seamlessly,” said Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx.

The service will launch next year, building on Grand River Transit’s three previous on-demand transit pilots in Northwest Waterloo, Central Hespeler and the Trinity Village/Freeport areas in Kitchener.

Residents are welcome to submit their input at The survey will be available online until September 25, 2020.

The on-demand microtransit pilot is just one of the ways that the Province of Ontario is working with Metrolinx, and municipal and transit partners, to ensure that the community of Breslau and the Region of

Waterloo get the transit and transportation infrastructure they need in order to connect people to places and jobs and ensure a seamless transit experience.

“Breslau continues to grow and is an important part of Waterloo Region’s economic fabric,” said Region of Waterloo Chair, Karen Redman. “That’s why we’re really excited at this opportunity to bring ondemand transit to Breslau in the short-term. With a future GO Transit station already in the works, it’s timely to explore interim connections to existing GRT and GO services in Kitchener and Cambridge for residents in Breslau.”

“Through this project we’re aiming to connect people to nearby jobs, local destinations, and other GRT and GO Transit routes,” says Sandy Shantz, Mayor of Woolwich Township. “The Township of Woolwich looks forward to seeing the results of this partnership between GRT and Metrolinx and we’re confident this will have a positive impact on the lives of our residents and those who travel to Breslau".