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Collingwood to Blue Mountains Bus Route Working

Collingwood, Blue Mountains transit link exceeds expectations

Chad Schouwartes rides the Collingwood to Blue Mountain transit link.

Collingwood Connection

Ridership on the transit link between Collingwood and The Blue Mountains continues to grow.

A report to Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole on Jan. 30 from Shawn Everitt, director of community services, showed ridership in 2016 was up almost 15 per cent over 2015.

In 2016, the bus, a joint venture between the Town of the Blue Mountains, the Town of Collingwood and the Blue Mountain Village, saw more than 28,000 riders, up from about 24,000 in 2015.

The bus connects Collingwood and Blue Mountain resort, allowing hundreds of employees to get to and from work.

 When the service was launched in 2014, the business plan called for 750 riders a month.

“We have always been very happy with it,” said Everitt. “We continually see an increase.”

Everitt said the next step is to enhance transit opportunities.

“We worked with the municipality of Meaford, to see if we could do a similar partnership,” he said.  “We constantly look at what our neighbours may have to offer if it makes sense.”

He said the long-term goal is to connect the village and Thornbury and Clarksburg with a transit bus.