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Transit service in Norfolk County starts October 11, 2011. Service runs five days a week in Simcoe and on an alternating schedule connecting Simcoe with the other population centres in the municipality:

Simcoe to Waterford: Mondays

Simcoe to Delhi: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Simcoe to Port Rowan: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Simcoe to Port Dover: Wednesdays, Fridays

Launch article in the Simcoe Reformer 27 Sep 2011.

Operating contract given to Sharp Bus Lines: Simcoe Reformer 21 Sep 2011.

Website: www.ridenorfolk.ca.

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According to the 2006 Census the population of Norfolk County was 62,563. If it were a compact urban centre that would be plenty to make a transit system successful. It will be interesting to see how this goes for a hybrid municipality like Norfolk County. I think technically it's a city called "Norfolk County".

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I had a chance to go to Simcoe today to get photos of Ride Norfolk. Simcoe is the biggest town in Norfolk County and has service five days a week. Other towns in the County only have service on selected days of the week.

Contrary to the image on the website, the bus is a Ford E-450 cutaway with a Bluebird school bus type body. As stated earlier, it appears that the bus is owned by Sharp Bus Lines and it has been wrapped for the town service. The Sprinter van image on the website is apparently the creation of the marketing company that designed the website/logo for them.

Bus 323 is the primary vehicle for the service. When it is not available, one of Sharp's other cutaways in standard school bus orange does the duties.

According to the driver, ridership is "OK" and I actually saw a few people using the service while I was in town. Even though it was tempting, I did not go for a ride on "Ride Norfolk". :D

Ride_Norfolk_323___18NOV11.jpg

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I remember many fond days in the area, my grandparents are from there. I wish them the best.

On an unrelated note, the f7 cab now in the Toronto roundhouse came from Waterford.

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The cutaway is a Blue Bird Micro Bird. It seems the Sprinter is a tad misleading and unnecessary. The Wiki has now been changed to reflect this. Kevin, may I please use the photo for the Wiki?

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Why dont they just service Simcoe and Port Dover only? That, with the better frequencies and population base, would be alot better than 8 riders a day.

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Some news from our friends at RideNorfolk. They seem to have obtained a "new bus". Under further review, it seems they bought an ex-Chatham paratransit Champion Challenger cutaway. I asked the company on its Facebook page if this was an expansion or a replacement unit for bus 323. At the time of this post, I have got no answer. And Kevin's photo of 323, which was used by them on their page seems to have disappeared as well. I'll get more confirmation on this shortly.

http://www.ridenorfolk.ca/

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As a matter of fact, there was a switch in contractors. This is what my response was from RideNorfolk on their Facebook page. The bus is ex CK Transit 682. It has been renumbered twice now, from 759 to 89.

"Chirs, Ride Norfolk has switched contractors for 2013. This bus is the new bus supplied by Donnelly Transportation"

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For those that remember, Port Dover actually had a means of transportation in the form of a tram-like vehicle powered by a tractor. This vehicle was known as the "Dover Rover" and had, if memory serves me, 20 stops around various parts of the town. Some stops included the Port Dover Marina, Port Dover Harbour, Harbour Museum, Len's Old Mill, and the Coast Guard station among others.

This was a shot of the vehicle used, taken by my grandmother in July 2001. My late great-grandmother would always intentionally see if it was in service every time she and I were in town. I got this shot of the Rover today. I thought I would share this with everybody here.

Dover Rover.JPG

If anybody has any more information about this, don't hesitate to mention it.

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RideNorfolk seems to have struck a cooperative arrangement with three local community service organizations to pool resources and coordinate dispatching to offer demand-responsive transportation in Norfolk County.

Boost for bus service
By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
Thursday, May 8, 2014 8:32:35 EDT AM

The article mentions a different fare structure for the service ($0.45/km) so it's not too clear how that would integrate with RideNorfolk's fixed-route flat fares.

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New summer weekend route for RideNorfolk:

South Coast Shuttle service is a go
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:30:39 EDT PM

... two shuttle buses will run a lakeshore route between Port Dover and Long Point on weekends and holidays this summer. ... The proposed route is about 40 kilometres long. There will be more than 10 stops along the way. Each shuttle is expected to make nine round trips per day.

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They would doubtless need another bus for this. When 89 can't be used, they have no spare. As recently as February 20, service was cancelled due to mechanical issues. I admire their dedication but they need to improve their spare ratio to meet demand.

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Ride Norfolk disruption

By Monte Sonnenberg,
Simcoe Reformer
Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:06:39 EST PM

 

The shuttle bus suspended operations Tuesday [10 January 2017] following a contractual issue with service provider Donnelly Transit of London and St. Thomas.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, TTC 9701 said:

Sharp Bus Lines is running the service now. Service should be resumed now or next week.

Should be this week.

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