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(UPDATED) New routes for LINX transit

Midhurst | by Ian MacLennan  

Barrie-Wasaga Beach, Collingwood-Wasaga Beach and Orillia-Barrie.

Simcoe County's LINX public transit system has added three new routes.

Wasaga Beach to Barrie( ROUTE 2) and Orillia to Barrie (ROUTE 3) were launched this morning,  while the County also took over the already established run between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach(ROUTE 4).

Fares are based on distance travelled,  anywhere from $2 to $6.

Service will be hourly weekdays,  while the Collingwood to Wasaga Beach route schedule remains unchanged.

David Parks,  Simcoe County's Director of Planning, Economic Development and Transit says the first route,  Midland to Barrie,  was launched a year ago and ridership is 25 per cent above projections on a month-to-month basis.

He says the route has shown it is getting seniors to the hospital,  people who don't have cars to work and students to school.

Parks say the Wasaga Beach to Barrie route will take riders to the waterfront GO station,  a need that was identified in the planning.

He says the Orillia to Barrie route has been welcomed by Napoleon,  which he says has been asking for a transit service to get their employees to their operation,  which is located off Highway 11 and County Road 93,  just outside Barrie.

Napoleon employs over 700 people.

In August 2020,  the County will add two more routes,   Alliston to Bradford and Midland to Orillia.

LINX information:   https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/linx

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