New ride-sharing service rolling out in Renfrew County next winter

  • Date: 03/20/2021

A ride-sharing pilot project will be available to residents in Renfrew County beginning in the winter of 2021.

It’s a partnership between the county and Ottawa-based company RideShark to bring an on-demand transit solution to the rural county. Renfrew County is the province’s largest geographic county, and does not contain a public transportation service.

"So this is for people in rural, less urban areas that don’t have access to a good transit service," RideShark CEO Sharon Lewinson tells CTV News Ottawa. "So it will enable them to use community members to help them access (things like) appointments."

The service will work similar to that of Uber and Lyft in the way rides can be booked through an app, but it is not a ride-hailing service, RideShark says. Instead, volunteers and community members provide a carpooling service where the cost of the trip is split, based on CAA mileage rates.

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