An encouraging step in the process to bring a rural transit system to northeast Lambton County, and neighbouring areas of Huron and Middlesex.
A steering committee met recently with Ministry of Transportation representatives in Parkhill.
Steering committee member Glen Baillie says the MTO was impressed by the diverse nature of the committee membership, which ranges from health care to business.
Baillie says the MTO is committed to opening rural areas of Ontario to public transit, and points to a successful rural bus system that's currently running in Norfolk County.
He mentions the province is looking to set up a second round of pilot project funding for rural transit, that would kick in once a successful feasibility study is done.
Baillie says the committee is setting up an on-line survey of residents, and will do needs-based work in the community toward putting together a feasibility study.
The on-line survey would start during the Christmas holiday period.
He admits that there are many hurdles in the process of setting up a rural transit system.
If the committee is successful, buses could be carrying fare-paying passengers by 2019 or 2020.