Beginning in November, transit riders in Collingwood will be able to make their way to the Town of the Blue Mountains, after Collingwood Council approved funding of the project at their meeting Monday evening.
Collingwood has been working towards this link since 2007, with discussions gaining momentum in August of 2012. The decision by Town of the Blue Mountains to support the Link was the final piece in the puzzle.
"On behalf of Council, we are pleased to be able to offer this service to our residents, and the residents of the Town of Blue Mountains," said Mayor Sandra Cooper. "The transit working group's extensive research shows that this service is much needed and hopefully will be well utilized. We look forward to hearing feedback from riders throughout the six-month trial."
The link will run on a six-month trial basis, at a cost to Collingwood of $18,000. After public consultation conducted throughout the past year, it was determined that the service would run seven days a week in two shifts. The first would run between 7:00 am and 10:00 am and the second between 3:00 pm and 7:00pm.
Several key areas that the transit link is expected to service are Georgian Meadows, Mair Mills Estates, Evergreen Estates, Agnora and Fisher Field in Collingwood, and Blue Mountain Inn, Grand Georgian, Westin Trillium and Craigleith Catchment in the Town of the Blue Mountains.
Council will be receiving regular updates on the success of the trial and in consultation with The Blue Mountains, will decide whether to continue after the trial period.
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