KAWARTHA LAKES- City council has approved recommendations made in the Lindsay Transit Master Plan outlined at Tuesday’s council meeting.
“Our goal is to provide a transit service plan that meets public transit needs in a financially responsible way,” explains Todd Bryant, Manager of Fleet and Transit. “The plan maps out what transit services will look like for the next 10 years. We will build on recent successes, improve service reliability and accessibility and expand our reach within the City where feasible.”
Recommendations to be implemented over the next 10 years include:
- Adding Sunday service to all routes and Lindsay Mobility Specialized Transit. (LIMO)
- New routes to service new developments in Lindsay
- Extending service later in the evening
- Adding service to the GO bus stop at Highway 35 and Highway 115
- Adding service that would link Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls to Lindsay
- Install smart card technology and accommodate mobility payment
- Equip buses with bike racks
- Heated bus shelter at the downtown transfer location
- Consolidate transit operations to one building location
- Adding a Community Liaison staff member
Lindsay is currently broken up into three quadrants on a 60 minute loop from 7am to 7pm stopping at approximately 55 locations. Officials are looking at going to a four route system in 2021 and adding service to Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon in 2023. Councillor Breadner thought it would be a good idea for council to know who was using the bus. “Is it people who work or people who are going shopping?” he asked. Adding that more frequent routes might be necessary for those going to work.
Bryant said research shows its much cheaper for residents to use transit than to use a car with an average cost of $630 a month versus $60 for a bus pass.
“We would like to thank everyone who provided input to help us develop this plan including the Transit Advisory Board, Accessibility Advisory Committee, members of Council, Transit Riders, local businesses, students, bus operators,” said Councillor and Transit Advisory Board Committee member Gord James. “Your feedback has helped us create a plan that will build on the successful performance growth of both Lindsay Transit and LIMO over the last five years.”
Lindsay residents have an additional line on their tax bill to support Lindsay transit.