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SMART Funding Request Deferred

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit will hold off buying new vehicles.

The request for money to buy Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART) vans is off the table, for now.

However, it will be back in the first quarter of next year.

Spokesperson for SMART, Roger Cook, has been making the rounds of various municipal partners in the service, and was at Saugeen Shores council May 13th.

Cook says they're going to hold off on buying new vans until next year, which will allow municipalities to deal with funding requests during their 2020 budget sessions.

SMART has about 30-vehicles dating as far back as 2006 and although they are old, Cook assures clients, they are safe and reliable.

He wants to buy five vehicles next year at a cost of $250,000 to be shared by the service's nine municipal partners.
Saugeen Shores cut would be just over $43,000.

Cook says they hope to gets $563,000 gas tax money from the senior levels of government as well, which helps in operating the service.

Down the road, Cook wants to see Bruce County ante up local money for the service.

He says that way everyone in the county could have access to the service.

Right now, there's no service in South Bruce or up the Peninsula.

SMART is a specialized public transit operation serving mentally and physically challenged residents.

Participating partners are Saugeen Shores; Kincardine; Huron Kinloss; Arran Elderslie; Brockton; Hanover; West Grey; Chatsworth and Southgate.

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