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County set to launch its first public transit service in Midland, Penetanguishene

Posted June 6, 2018

Simcoe County's inaugural foray into a regional public transit service called LINX, begins with a "soft" (free rides) launch on August 7, and an official start on September 4, 6 am, linking the communities of Penetanguishene and Midland, through the Townships of Tay, Tiny and Springwater, ending at Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) and Georgian College in Barrie.

The service will operate Monday through Friday, between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, at a one hour round trip frequencies. Additionally, a specialized service for persons with disabilities will operate in the same corridor, within approximately 400 metres of the fixed route conventional service.

County has ordered four conventional buses, each 35 ft in length, and seating capacity of 24 riders. Low floor design (no steps) and include a ramp for wheelchair/scooter access. As well, two specialized transit mini-buses, 25 ft in length, with seating capacity of four, and three wheelchair positions. They were purchased through the Metrolinx joint procurement initiative, supplied by Grande West Transportation Group (Aldergrove, BC) and Creative Carriage Ltd. (St. George, ON), respectively.

The County received $8.4 million in the recent provincial budget which is the amount anticipated in the funding formula for new buses, both conventional and specialized, for the four additional routes to be implemented over the next three years, which includes Alliston to Bradford. Additionally, the County will begin receiving Dedicated Gas Tax funding from the Province estimated at $1.1 million annually in the first four years of the County transit program.

"After careful consideration and given the evolving nature of transit fares designed to encourage ridership, it is proposed that a fare rate of $6.00 be applied for a full trip from Penetanguishene Midland to RVH and Georgian College, with reduced fares of $4.00 and $2.00 for shorter trips, all based on a zone system," according to the report to County council on next Tuesday's agenda. "This system is considered to be the most equitable for passengers since it charges more for longer trips and less for shorter trips. A partial fare integration option is also recommended in which a $1 discount will be provided for passengers transferring from local municipal transit services to the County service. Transfers in the other direction, from the County service to the municipal services, will be free since the municipal systems will get a new full fare in the other direction."

The proposed Alliston to Bradford route is 4th on the list of five, behind Collingwood-Wasaga Beach-Barrie and Barrie-Orillia; Midland - Orillia is 5th.

The County's routes are regional connections and would not include multiple in-town stops. Municipalities like New Tecumseth would have the opportunity to fill in those gaps.

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by Tony Veltri