Some recommendations will be coming to council on Monday concerning the local transit service.
Redesign of most routes, new bus transfer hub at or near Sault College, reinstatement of Great Northern Route to Hospital, and a new community bus route are the main recommendations.
Other recommendations include: Smart Card fare collection & mobility payment, real time information (mobile app), Automatic Passenger Counters (to determine number of people on bus at any time), Introduce technology to monitor bus reliability, onstruct northern bus transfer facility , bike racks, upgrade existing bus stop infrastructure and signage and upgrade the bus fleet.
This all came from eight open houses, three online surveys and eight more transit focus groups.
With transit ridership on the decline recently due to economy and relocation of St. Marys’ High School, Sunday evening transit service being eliminated, some residential areas of the city are without reasonable access to bus service, development growth is occurring north of Second Line, desire to re-evaluate how routes and services are designed and the need to adapt to changing population demographics, this should be a popular topic on Monday at city council.