Bracebridge Transit extending free service until mid-October

Bracebridge residents and visitors are advised that Bracebridge Transit will be extending free ridership until mid-October.

On August 29th, 2016, the Town introduced a new transit system, “Ride the Wave”, with free ridership for the first month. The bus service follows an hourly schedule on a single route within the Town’s urban core.

Everyone is invited to try the new transit system and the Town would appreciate any feedback you have to assist them in offering the best service.

Earlier:

August 2016 – After much contemplation, the Town of Bracebridge officially launched its new transit service on Monday, August 29th, 2016.  Members of Town Council invite residents to take advantage of the free month of ridership that is being offered. “Ride the Wave” and become familiar with the Town’s new public transportation system.

“We wanted to brand our new transit service in a fun and memorable way,” stated Mayor Graydon Smith as he boarded the temporary 20 passenger bus that will run until the Town’s new accessible, low floor bus arrives.  “Ride the Wave’ exemplifies the excitement Council feels with the unveiling of this long awaited service.  We want people to view riding transit as participating in something that is positive and advantageous.

When you ‘Ride the Wave’, you are taking part in a new transportation trend that we hope will become an integral part of our community.”  Working closely with an appointed Transit Working group, a one hour circuit route has been developed that will assist residents in the urban core access retail merchants, recreational and education facilities, as well as medical and professional services.

Fees have been set at $2.50 per trip for adults and $2.00 per trip for seniors and students.  Children 5 and under accompanied by an adult ride for free. Individuals who anticipate using transit on a regular basis will benefit from the monthly pass.  Monthly passes will be available for purchase from the Municipal Office, the Bracebridge Public Library and the Bracebridge Sportsplex by October.

“With a total of 47 stops along the route, there will be plenty of places for people to get on board.  Each stop is clearly identified with a Bracebridge Transit sign.” said Walt Schmid, Director of Public Works.  “We expect that the route may need some adjustments over time as we learn more about where are riders are coming from and where they need to go.”

Bracebridge Transit has launched a detailed website (www.bracebridgetransit.ca) that offers a wide range of information about the service including detailed information on fares, schedules and route, as well as transit etiquette.
Bracebridge Town Council first began exploring the need for a transit system back in 2008.  In 2014, Council ratified a motion to begin to develop both a conventional and specialized transit service for the community.

Staff began to work with a variety of stakeholders until a Transit Working Group was established in 2015. In June of 2016, Hammond Transportation was identified as the successful respondent to a Request for Proposal and entered into a contract with the municipality to offer the conventional transit service.  A similar agreement is in the works for the delivery of Bracebridge Mobility, a door to door specialized transit service for those unable to use the conventional transit service.  It will be launched later this fall.

“It is well documented that communities grow when they have a thriving public transit system. Transit connects people to jobs, schools, services and to other people.  It is environmentally sound and will have positive impact on our community for years to come.” said Mayor Smith.  “It is the wave of the future. We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to “Ride the Wave” by riding the bus.”

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