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On October 1, 2019, Wellington County launched a county wide, demand based, public transit service available to all residents and visitors. This five-year pilot is funded by the Government of Ontario and offers a safe, affordable option for people to move throughout the County.

RIDE WELLᴼᴹ is a public transit service that uses a rideshare model of operation. The County has partnered with a technology company (RideCo) to provide on-demand shared rides. RideCo's software optimizes the rides such that as many people with as few vehicles possible are getting to their destinations in a reliable way. It provides an alternative option to owning and using a personal vehicle in a rural setting and for those who cannot access vehicles for regular needs.

Download the RIDE WELL app on the App Store or Google Play Store, visit www.ridewell.ca/book, or phone 1.833.900.RIDE(7433) to register or book your trip today!

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Community Response Survey

To assist the County of Wellington in understanding the potential demand for a public transportation service in our area, an online community survey was created. In total, 869 responses were received during the week the survey was open. The results confirmed community support, identified commuter patterns and substantiated the need in our community.

Moving forward, additional community consultations will be held.

Community Response Rates:

Community Rural Response # "Urban Centre Response # Community Total # Community Total %
Township of Puslinch 12 24 36 4.1%
Guelph/Eramosa Township 20 34 54 6.2%
Town of Erin 5 16 21 2.4%
Township of Centre Wellington 16 377 393 45.2%
Township of Mapleton 8 23 31 3.6%
Township of Wellington North 10 95 105 12.1%
Town of Minto 11 74 85 9.8%
City of Guelph   138 138 15.9%
Outside Wellington and Guelph   6 6 0.7%
TOTAL 82 787 869 100.00%

Community Support Rates:

  No Opinion Oppose Support
Township of Puslinch 0.1% 0.7% 3.3%
Guelph/Eramosa Township 0.2% 0.5% 5.5%
Town of Erin 0.0% 0.1% 2.3%
Township of Centre Wellington 0.7% 5.2% 39.4%
Township of Mapleton 0.0% 0.5% 3.1%
Township of Wellington North 0.8% 0.9% 10.4%
Town of Minto 0.9% 0.4% 8.4%
City of Guelph 0.2% 0.1% 15.5%
Outside Wellington and Guelph 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
TOTAL 3.0 8.4% 88.6%

Wellington County secures grant to develop ride sharing system

June 21, 2018 by the County of Wellington

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has granted $499,950 to the County of Wellington to develop a demand-based ridesharing system that will service Wellington County. 

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Wellington County looking at own public transit service

February 9, 2018 by Guelph Mercury

In municipalities of all sizes, not everyone has ready access to a vehicle, and that can cause problems when it comes to having to get to work, or a student needing to get to a classmate’s home to work on a project.

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Funding sought for transportation

February 9, 2018 by The Wellington Advertiser

In 2015 the county conducted a Rural Transportation Study with the Rural Ontario Institute to understand existing service providers and public transit demand levels across Wellington County.

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