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Bruce Peninsula Transit

Bruce Peninsula | by Claire McCormack  

The bus takes you from Cape Croker to Owen Sound with stops in-between

Getting around parts of Grey and Bruce has just gotten easier, thanks to a new, privately owned bus system.

Bruce Peninsula Transit co-owner Jeff Leonard says he and his wife Carolynn got the idea when his daughter decided to open her restaurant CocoVanilla at the Wiarton Keppel International Airport.

They bought two wheelchair accessible buses; a former Hamilton city bus and another Leonard says looks similar to an Owen Sound bus.

The bus business isn't unfamiliar to the Leonards, Carolynn runs Wright school bus line already operating out of Cape Croker.

Meanwhile, the yellow, green and white transit bus starts in Cape Croker and goes through Wiarton, Hepworth, Shallow Lake, and then through Owen Sound including the mall, the hospital and Wal Mart.

Leonard says by about mid to late June they'll be taking riders to Sauble Beach and Tobermory's parks as well.

The fare for a trip is $5 or $12 for a day or $75 for a month, seniors and students can get a month pass for $65. Leonard says you can buy passes online, at the office at the Wiarton Airport, by contacting them on Facebook, or by simply paying cash on the bus.

For a full list of routes, look for Bruce Peninsula Transit on Facebook.

Leonard hopes they'll eventually get some grants for their bus system. He says the municipalities on his route are very supportive of the business.

The CocoVanilla airport restaurant opens on June 17th, in time for the Air and Auto Extravaganza show.

Leonard is putting the finishing touches on a car rental business out of the airport.

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