In-town public transit in Angus to end Dec. 31, no
replacement at hand
Essa Township came up empty with zero replies to its request
for proposal seeking to continue public transit services within Angus,
after its six year deal with Barrie Transit expires, and won't be
Since 2013, Barrie has provided contracted round trip bus
services between Borden and Barrie several stops within Angus, at a
cost of $180,000 in 2019.
Simcoe County's regional transit Lynx, has been operating
routes between Angus and Barrie and Angus and Wasaga Beach, but without
in-town stops, since August.
"Essa will have no community bus service beginning January
1st. Renewing with the City
of Barrie is not an option at this point as they have cancelled their
route, and re-establishing
this route would not be easy for them," according a report to Essa
councillors on Wednesday night's agenda. "The earlier suggested taxi
option may or may not be feasible (accessibility, drivers and
accounting are considerable factors to sort out) and Uber does not seem
realistic as they struggle for drivers in the Angus area."
The recommendation to council is to continue studying options,
including a possible partnership at some point with New Tecumseth.
"Of course Council could issue a new Request for Proposals for
either an accessible van or
a cut-away bus, for a period of at least five years, to run an Angus
route weekday mornings
and late afternoons/evenings (proposed three times in the morning and
three times in the late
It's suggested the Township would be looking at budgetting
$380,000 in 2020 to maintain bus service in Angus, including the
start-up cost of purchasing a bus, and back-up vehicle. In that
instance, Essa would apply for gas tax money for public transit.
"If Council chooses to attempt to re-establish a community bus
service in Angus, it is also strongly recommended that a staff person
be hired to coordinate the service, fare collection and expenses, and
that the bus stops continue to be worked on to achieve improvements to
the connecting stop with the Linx service," according to the report.
two suggestions could total another $100,000. .... "(continue to study
the topic of establishing
further bus service in Essa) is recommended at this time until such
time that it becomes apparent that a community bus is feasible for Essa
in light of need and budgetary considerations."