Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and members of council celebrated the official launch of the Collingwood/Blue Mountains transit link by taking an inaugural bus ride to Blue Mountain Resort Tuesday morning.
Greeted onsite by Town of Blue Mountains Mayor Ellen Anderson and Council Members, the official launch event proved to be a great success in uniting the two towns under one transit link.
Mayor Cooper and council members boarded the bus at the Pine Street Hub picking up riders along the way to their destination at Blue Mountain Resort. "It was great to speak with Collingwood/Blue Mountains transit riders Tuesday morning, and hear their excitement about this new trial service," said Mayor Cooper, adding, "Council is confident that the Collingwood/Blue Mountains transit link will be successful, and we look forward to hearing from you!"
Upon arrival, Mayor Cooper was welcomed to the Resort and the Town of the Blue Mountains by Mayor Anderson and Council members. Mayor Anderson's sentiments echoed those of her Collingwood contemporary. "Public transit is important for a healthy economy and building sustainable towns. This transit link opens up new opportunities for business, residents and our tourism guests. We hope that with ridership support, this six month pilot could become a major long term asset to our communities."
Also in attendance were Dave Sinclair, Vice President of Human Resources at Blue Mountain Resort and Don Braden, President of the Blue Mountain Village Association. Noting the importance of a transit solution to Blue Mountain employees, Dave Sinclair stated, "As the area's largest employer, we wanted to take an active part in providing a solution to what we've seen as a common problem to current and future employees of Blue Mountain Resort. Now, with the Blue Mountain's Bus Link running regularly during rush hours, we're happy to report that Blue Mountain is more accessible than ever." Added Don Braden, "The Blue Mountains Link is another example of a strong private-public partnership between the Resort and its surrounding municipalities. It also provides a concrete example of regional economic development across political borders."
People in Wasaga Beach and Collingwood will now be able to utilize public transit to reach Blue Mountain, and those in Blue Mountain and the west end of Collingwood will be able to easily access attractions and employment in downtown Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.
The link bus will operate for a six-month trial basis. It will operate seven days a week in two shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.