The Town’s third 30-foot low-floor Vicinity bus has arrived and will be put into operation within the next week. Orangeville Transit now has a new bus for each of its current three bus routes with another bus to be ordered next year when the transit service moves to a four-route system.
On hand, to mark the completion of the current fleet of new buses, was Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson, Councillor Gail Campbell, Orangeville Transit Committee chair John Chamberlain, and committee member Councillor Nick Garisto. The Orangeville Transit Committee has introduced several pilot projects and initiatives in recent years, with routes extended to serve some new business centres, residential areas, and schools. The new fleet of Vicinity buses have an access/exit ramp, and feature large windows and an air-cushioned ride. The new fleet meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards and replaces buses that had reached the end of their life service.
The growth and modernization of Orangeville Transit reflects the growing demand for the service and represents a significant investment for the Town. The purchase of the new buses has, in part, been made possible by funding of $225,482 through the Federal-Ontario Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Additional funding from the governments of Canada and Ontario, through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, is to be announced in August of this year.
In 2017, the hours of the transit system were extended on weekdays by 2.5 hours, running from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. The last bus leaves the transfer station at 8:15 p.m. Saturday’s hours of operation are 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., with the last bus leaving the transfer station at 5:45 p.m. The 2016 Transit Optimization Study recommended extended hours, following a survey which showed 78 percent of respondents indicated a need for longer hours of service on weekdays. Transit users expressed the desire to access commercial areas in the evenings and to have greater flexibility to connect with the GO Metrolinx bus.
The transit plan also calls for a relocated transfer station so the development of a terminal is under discussion. The current transfer point is on Fourth Street, just north of Broadway.
The Town contracts First Student Canada to provide the transit service – the same company that has provided the service since it was introduced 27 years ago. Monthly passes for seniors, and students are $45 per month. Regular adult monthly passes are $55 per month. Ten-ride trip coupons for seniors and students can be purchased for $13 and adult 10-ride coupons can be purchased for $17. Cash fare is $2 for adults and $1.50 for seniors and students. Children five years of age and under can ride for free. The special needs monthly pass is $25. The passes and 10-ride coupons can be purchased at Town Hall, Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre and Alder Street Recreation Centre, the Orangeville Public Library on Broadway, the lottery kiosk in the Orangeville Mall and Total Convenience at Broadway and Fourth Street. Special needs passes can only be purchased at Town Hall.
Printed copies of the transit schedule and routes are available at the Orangeville Mall lottery kiosk, the recreation centres, the libraries, and the Town Hall.
The Town of Orangeville received its third low-floor Vicinity bus on May 16, 2018, completing the update of the Orangeville Transit fleet. In acknowledgement of federal funding support, Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson (second from left) was joined by Orangeville Councillors Nick Garisto and Gail Campbell and John Chamberlain, chair of the Orangeville Transit Committee.