Branford Transit has announced it will be extending regular service starting Sept. 2.
The City of Brantford says the extension of regular transit service means riders can jump on the buses at the same times and as frequently as they do the rest of the day until 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
Schedule changes will also provide better transit service to the northwest industrial area of the city, where community members say a greater transit presence is needed.
Service on Sunday will also see great improvements with buses on regular routes leaving the Darling Street main terminal hourly. A special hourly route servicing the northwest industrial area will leave hourly on the half hour. Service hours on Sunday are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We recognize the importance of a strong transit network for this community,” said Mike Bradley, director of fleet and transit services for the City of Brantford. “As our population continues to grow, we recognize that our service needs to expand to meet enhanced demand. We are committed to ensuring that reliable and convenient transit service options remain a priority for the City of Brantford.”
In addition to the extension of routes, the city also wants to make it easier and more affordable for young families to stay active in the community. Also beginning Sept. 2, passengers between the ages of 5-11 years old can ride for free on Brantford Transit.
While city council also plans to explore the possibility of extending the free service to passengers between the ages of 12 and 17, the free service will only apply to ages 5-11.
These service enhancements are part of a series of improvements the city is implementing in response to public feedback and analysis received as a result of a comprehensive transit operational review regarding operational aspects of Brantford Transit and Brantford Lift including routes, schedules, user needs and administration of services.
In 2016, the city completed a comprehensive review and assessment of transit services, the outcome of which is a new vision and five-year draft plan that will make transit services more customer-focused, interconnected and sustainable. A vital part of the plan’s development involved a six-month consultation process to understand public needs and collect input and feedback to create a customized made-in-Brantford plan.