You’ll need some extra change to get on the bus in Orillia as of today.
“The City has invested significantly in Orillia Transit with six new buses, including a specialized transit bus, and added a new route in order to provide better service and accommodate growth. As part of the ongoing improvements being made to the transit system, we are increasing fares slightly.”
– Mayor Steve Clarke
Cash fare has increased 25-cents to $2.50 per ride. Other fares are as follows:
- 12 Tickets for the Price of 11 – $27.50 as of January 2, 2019
- 48 Tickets for the Price of 42 – $105.00 as of January 2, 2019
- Up to two elementary school-aged children and/or preschoolers may ride free when accompanied by a paying adult.
- Cardholders may ride Orillia Transit for free with proof of CNIB card
- Monthly passes are $59.00 as of January 2, 2019
- Groups of 10 – 15 children, plus 3 adults – $20.00 as of January 2, 2019
- Groups of 16 – 20 children, plus 4 adults – $26.25 as of January 2, 2019
- Groups of 21 – 30 children, plus 5 adults – $32.50 as of January 2, 2019
A full transit operational review took place in 2017 outlining areas for improvement, including schedule adherence and capacity requirements. In response, an additional route was added in the west-end in 2018. Other improvements include new bus shelters and new, modern fully-accessible buses.
“New routes and new buses have resulted in a better rider experience,” said Jeff Hunter, Manager of Construction and Transit. “Since the route changes have been in effect, we have seen improved capacities on the high-volume routes and better schedule adherence.”
Other improvements include the replacement of the Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (OWLS) specialized transit bus to be put into service in the first quarter of 2019.
In Bradford, no fare increase but a new evening service (until 7 pm) begins today on Routes 1 and 2, a new Saturday service begins this weekend, and a second bus has been added to Route 2 on weekdays.
- Early evening and weekend service. Route 1 will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Route 2 will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., making it easier for people to take the bus to and from work. Routes 1 and 2 will operate on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- More convenient Route 1 schedule. Route 1 (the “across-town” route) currently runs along Holland Street on a 35-minute loop. It will change to a 30-minute loop to create a shorter trip and make planning simpler for travelers.
- Service to Reagens Industrial Park. Route 2 (the “around-town” route) will introduce service along Reagens Industrial Parkway. There will be no set stops – passengers can simply wave to hail the driver and board the bus, and/or let the driver know in advance if they wish to exit the bus along that road.
- A second bus to serve Route 2. To reduce travel and wait times, a second bus will operate on Route 2 every weekday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The “regular” Route 2 bus will be called Route 2A and will continue to run in a clockwise direction, while the new bus will be called Route 2B and will run counterclockwise.
A new Taxi-to-Reagens program will be introduced soon that will provide service between BWG Transit stops and businesses along Reagens Industrial Parkway during the late-night shift change period.