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Council Approves In-Town Transit Pilot Project, Rejects Regional Transit Proposal
Published: Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:19
Written by Stephen Vance, Staff
The Meaford Independent

 

Members of council were unanimously in favour of developing an in-town, fixed route, one-year public transit pilot project which will utilize the under-used municipal Handi-van. The pilot project is expected to begin in August, and the per-ride fare will be $4.

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According to the 2011 Census the Municipality of Meaford has a population of 11,100 however the "population centre" (which I assume is the townsite) has a population of 4,992.

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I think what should happen is these towns like Meaford, Shomburg and other towns should get together and pool their money together and build a public transit system connecting their communities. Like what Wasaga and Collingwood did. 

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On 2016-08-21 at 6:59 PM, Shaun said:

I think what should happen is these towns like Meaford, Shomburg and other towns should get together and pool their money together and build a public transit system connecting their communities. Like what Wasaga and Collingwood did. 

Or Kingston and Amherstview.

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15 hours ago, DavidW said:

Meaford Transit begins operation Monday 19 September 2016.

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Looking at the schedule, I don't see how this will work. Most, if not all, small systems run buses all day, not just at the peak periods. They might need to retool the schedule.

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On 9/12/2016 at 11:59 AM, Chris W said:

Looking at the schedule, I don't see how this will work. Most, if not all, small systems run buses all day, not just at the peak periods. They might need to retool the schedule.

It appears their one and only bus is occupied mid-day performing handi-transit service...

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At least create a service that connects to another municipality. I mean it's great that it helps people get around town, but if it doesn't connect to anywhere, what's the point?

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They brought a Colltrans bus to a school somewhere around there to demonstrate transit buses to kids (per Sinton-Landmark's Facebook page years ago). Colltrans has a couple XD40s not getting used.

Think it'd work out better for Meaford if they made a deal with Collingwood or LINX to run a bus from Collingwood to there and have a transfer point downtown or at the greyhound agent, whichever works best, where transfers can be made. Run it every hour or two with one of the XD40s or something else, like another Enviro 200 35-footer.

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3 hours ago, MCI102A3 said:

They brought a Colltrans bus to a school somewhere around there to demonstrate transit buses to kids (per Sinton-Landmark's Facebook page years ago). Colltrans has a couple XD40s not getting used.

Think it'd work out better for Meaford if they made a deal with Collingwood or LINX to run a bus from Collingwood to there and have a transfer point downtown or at the greyhound agent, whichever works best, where transfers can be made. Run it every hour or two with one of the XD40s or something else, like another Enviro 200 35-footer.

The issue are......... With the Colltrans fleet, they only have 8 buses for service. When the service is on peak our, there are 5 buses out on the road which leaves 3 as spares. LINX could serve Meaford via Collingwood and Blue Mountain's. But the last thing is the ridership and if memory serves, that's Grey County. Not Simcoe.

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On 5/12/2019 at 10:00 PM, TTC 9701 said:

The issue are......... With the Colltrans fleet, they only have 8 buses for service. When the service is on peak our, there are 5 buses out on the road which leaves 3 as spares. LINX could serve Meaford via Collingwood and Blue Mountain's. But the last thing is the ridership and if memory serves, that's Grey County. Not Simcoe.

Yes, both Owen Sound and Meaford are in Grey County. (Blue Mountains technically is also in Grey County, but the municipality has its transit service contract with Collingwood, not Simcoe County, which is why the Blue Mountains Link will not become a LINX route).

A 3-bus spare pool out of 5 is a pretty healthy 37.5% spare ratio. Also don't forget that Sinton can provide their own backup cutaways, which further increases the spare ratio. They would probably need a 9th bus if they were to add additional routes, but they wouldn't need another bus to improve the spare ratio.

Going back on topic, I agree that a bus connecting Owen Sound and Meaford would probably be more useful to residents. It's about a 25-30 minute drive between the two communities, so they could easily run some sort of connecting service with one bus (3 round trips a day, with the bus circulating within Meaford to provide local trips). That would probably generate more ridership than the current model.

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