27 Jan

Open house Jan. 25 on transit changes

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Brantford Transit is holding an open house Jan. 25 to highlight changes being made to the city’s bus system.

The open house is being held at Woodman Community Centre, 491 Grey St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We’re excited to be sharing initial plans to improve operational aspects of Brantford Transit and Brantford Lift with a focus on better connecting passengers to their place of employment and GO Transit services during peak travel times,” said Maria Visocchi, the city’s manager of corporate communications.

Changes to transit include extending the daytime route network to 7:30 p.m. from 6 p.m., operating every half-hour. As well, Sunday service will include five routes running hourly from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The changes, approved by council as part of the city’s 2017 operating budget, are the result of a review of the transit system that included a six-month consultation process.

Plans call for the changes to be implemented in September to coincide with the start of the new school year and to give the city time to educate riders.

“The plan passed at city council Tuesday night wasn’t exactly what the consultant, staff and the (transit) task force brought forward,” said Ward 1 Coun. Rick Weaver, who chaired the taskforce.

“Due to issues out of our control …, I had to make adjustments to the plan to get the support needed to have transit improvements passed,” Weaver said.

“This means the length of time to get us up to the recommended hours of services will take more time. In the end, I’m proud of the work we did and I’m happy transit improvements are moving forward.”

He noted that a lot of residents depend on transit.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting is encouraged to contact Elisabeth van der Made, manager of transit, at 519-752-4444, ext. 5894, with their questions.

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