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Nova Scotians To Soon Gain Better Access to Local Transportation Options

By Caitlin Snow Feb 6, 2023 | 11:51 AM

Source: Waterfront Media, release

Nova Scotians are soon going to have better access to local transportation in their community.

A new project led by the Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network will see a new central dispatch system.

Blaise Transit will design the software meant to improve access and efficiency for transit operators in up to 23 communities.

“Dependable transit makes communities stronger,” said Public Works Minister Kim Masland. “I want to thank the Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network for their leadership on this project and I know that the network and Blaise Transit will work hard to develop a technology solution that meets the specific needs of our Nova Scotian communities.”

It should make booking easier.

Most community transportation services are operated by not-for-profit groups that use a “dial-a-ride” model for bookings. This will be the first transit dispatch operators partnership in Canada, that will serve provincewide. It should be a leader for other networks and transit agencies looking to implement similar solutions.

“Across Nova Scotia, operators work hard to give their neighbours and communities reliable transportation. This new dispatch system will support those efforts by improving the booking experience for everyone involved. We are extremely proud that this project is moving forward, and we are pleased to have an experienced partner like Blaise Transit helping us make it a reality.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Leslie Taylor, Co-ordinator, Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network

Blaise Transit is Montreal-based and has experience developing and deploying on-demand transit and dispatch platforms, across North America.

The province will provide over $500,000 over three years to support the project.


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