Linx Ridership Surpasses Expectations

In Three Months, There Were Around 2,000 More Trips Than Anticipated

A Simcoe County transit pilot is doing way better than anticipated.

A report due in County Council on Tuesday shows ridership of the Linx transit service introduced in the spring is far beyond what was expected.

The Midland/Penetanguishene-to-Barrie transit service was first introduced in August of this year, while ridership has surpassed expectation every month it has been in service.

The staff report indicates many are using the Linx transit service to get from the Midland area to RVH in Barrie to seek medical treatment.

It is expected the transit service will expand to cover more of Simcoe County over the next three years. The next phase would see a route established between Collingwood/Wasaga Beach and Barrie, while connections to Orillia, Alliston, and Bradford would be phased in over time. The entire plan was first approved back in 2016.