E-scooters now at select GO Stations give riders another way to travel in Brampton

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Published August 11, 2023 at 12:10 pm

Photo: Metrolinx

Transit riders have another option for getting around town now that e-scooters are available at select GO Stations in Brampton.

Metrolinx launched a new partnership with Scooty Mobility on Friday (Aug. 11), bringing electric scooter rental hubs to three GO stations across Brampton.

E-scooters are now available for rent at the Mount Pleasant, Brampton and Bramalea GO Stations, a move Metrolinx says will give customers a new, environmentally friendly way to connect to the GO network.

“As part of the vision for GO Rail Station Access, Metrolinx continues to explore new ways to connect customers and residents to GO stations, making it as easy as possible for them to access transit,” Metrolinx said in a release.

The e-scooters are part of the city’s pilot project which launched in April, making Brampton the first in the GTA with an electric scooter rental program.

Customers will need to download the Scooty app on their smartphone or device before unlocking an e-scooter for rental. Once you’ve entered a profile and payment information into the app you can rent  an e-scooter from the GO stations or any hub locations throughout the city.

The rentals have an activation fee and users are charged by the minute with the three providers using similar rates for rides – Scooty charges $1.15 to unlock a scooter and 0.40 cents per minute

The new e-scooters are only allowed on roads, are banned from sidewalks and are limited to a maximum speed of 20 km/h. The scooters have also been “geo-fenced” to reduce speeds to 15 km/h when operating in parks, high-pedestrian areas, and paths.

And while the scooters are available at the stations, users are not allowed to bring them on board GO Transit vehicles or enter station buildings or platform areas.

E-scooters under the city’s wider pilot program are available from three different companies – Neuron Mobility, Bird Canada, and Scooty Mobility. Each provider has been approved to operate a fleet of 250 to 500 e-scooters, and Each company has its own area of the city to cover and uses a smartphone app which can be used to reserve and rent scooters.

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