Town of Collingwood staff are proposing a trial run on extended transit service hours for six months.
The trial would come with a $35,000 price tag for the town of Collingwood and is dependent on other partners – The Blue Mountains, County of Simcoe and Wasaga Beach – contributing finances for the project as well.
According to the staff report, the updated schedule proposed in the staff report suggests covering a current mid-day gap in the Blue Mountain Link between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (currently the link doesn’t run between those times). The trial also proposes extending Collingwood Wasaga Beach link service by one hour in the evenings and additional Colltrans service on weekends and evenings. If approved, the schedule change would be in place as of July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
The transit schedule extension recommendation that comes from recent findings of the South Georgian Bay Labour Supply Task Force. The task force was struck to address the shortage of labour in the region with transportation, attainable housing and other opportunities to help connect the workforce to the job market.
In addition to encouraging area municipalities to improve access to public transportation, the task force has also recommended two more pilot projects for 2018 including a private sector ride-sharing employee shuttle/transit that would operate solely for employment purposes and a regional digital map of transportation options for employers to share with summer employees.
The recommendation to expand the transit schedule is on the agenda for tonight’s (May 23) Development and Operations Standing Committee meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at the town hall council chambers on the second floor.