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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Meaford Scrapping Public Transit, For Now

Meaford | by Cody Misner  

The buses every half hour will no longer be running come June 29th.

Meaford council passed a motion at their latest council meeting to scrap conventional public transit. This means the buses every half hour will no longer be running come June 29th.

Municipal staff note this change will not impact special transit that is booked by appointment for those with disabilities.

The current transit model is a pilot project that was put in place to see if there was a need for transit within the community. Currently a bus averages one person per trip.
 
It costs roughly $130,000 yearly for the municipality to run conventional transit. However, it only generates between $2000-$3000 in revenue -- at a cost of $2 per ride.

Council struggled with the decision, acknowledging that some members of the community rely heavily on the bus system.

 

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