Town of Midland kicks off Seniors On the Move transit program allowing those 65+ to ride for free

Program launches as town unveils new transit bus

Seniors in Midland will enjoy free transit rides for the next few months, thanks in part to a government grant out of Ottawa.

The Town of Midland launched Seniors on the Move on Monday, a pilot program providing free Mid-Pen Transit rides to those 65 years of age and up. A $25,000 grant through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program helped make this possible. The grant will help allow senior citizens to ride the bus for free until March 31, 2022, when the pilot program comes to a close.

“We thank the Government of Canada for their support, and our Midland Seniors Council for their dedication in creating this pilot project, which will allow our senior residents to reach their medical appointments, shop, visit family and friends, volunteer in the community, and more without incurring transit costs,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town has implemented many public safety measures to our transit system during the pandemic and we want seniors to feel comfortable and safe accessing services and programs in the community.”

This came as the Town of Midland took the wraps off a new bus. The new transit vehicle was paid for with the help of federal and provincial funding.

Feature image courtesy Town of Midland; From left to right: Councillor Jonathan Main, Seniors Council member Bryde Desroches, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Councillor Carole McGinn, Transit Operator Gary Wencher