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LaSalle extends contract for public transport

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LaSalle’s bus service will soon be a bit faster as the town returns to its pre-pandemic schedule, with two buses running back-to-back Monday through Friday.

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“During the pandemic, we have been running a modified schedule, so we are only running the Saturday schedule when we have only one bus,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Peter Mara.

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“Usually before the pandemic, there were two buses on weekdays and wait times were short.”

LaSalle City Council renewed services on Tuesday, approving a new five-year contract with Transit Windsor for the LaSalle 25 route across LaSalle from St. Clair’s College in Windsor. His contract is valid until August 31, 2027.

We will be open as usual from September. Two buses run from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, he runs one bus on Saturdays and no on Sundays.

The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022.
The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022. Photo by Dan Janis /windsor star

The annual hourly fee for Transit Windsor to serve LaSalle has increased from $61.70 previously to $66.04. Fees include bus maintenance, repairs, billing, and other operating costs, fuel costs are separate.

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“Hourly wages are basically increased based on contractual obligations by Transit Windsor,” says Marra. “They are negotiating an increase in wages and benefits year after year, so that is reflected in the hourly rate.”

Fare remains $3.15 (exact change required). Children 12 and under are free for full-fare paying passengers.

Mara said passenger numbers had declined during the pandemic, but numbers were starting to rise.

“Ridership was really great pre-pandemic,” he said. “It was higher than what was expected of us.

“The pandemic has clearly reduced passenger numbers and changed schedules a bit.

He expects this trend to continue.

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The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022.
The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022. Photo by Dan Janis /windsor star

Mara said some timing changes are being considered by the town to improve service.

“We are currently looking into whether we can change some of the timings a bit to better serve the Sandwich Secondary school morning start time,” he said. “But the route remains the same.”

Also, a two-year pilot public transit project will start on September 6th to serve Amherstberg.

Amherstburg’s Route 605 follows Sandwich Street to Lowes Side Road at the southern edge of town. There is a one-way loop through stops along Texas Road and Kingsbridge subdivision, down Simcoe Street, Fryer Street, Alma Street, and past the new North Star High School.

Buses run three times a day, seven days a week, leaving the Hôtel Deux Grace Healthcare Terminal in West Windsor at 6am, 1:30pm and 6pm.

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The Windsor Transit Bus is accessible and equipped with bike racks.

The fee is $4.75 per trip, but residents can purchase a reloadable smart card for $1 at City Hall. Unlimited rides for 5 times, unlimited rides for 15 days and 30 days are also available.

The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022.
The Transit Windsor Bus will be on display at Malden Road in LaSalle on Tuesday 23 August 2022. Photo by Dan Janis /windsor star

Earl. Don MacArthur said the council will allocate his $80,000 to the project in his 2022 budget, $225,000 in his 2023 budget, and $175,000 in his 2024 budget in advance for operating expenses. I promised.

Fares collected in Amherstburg flow into the town, while fares collected outside Amherstburg are sent to the city of Windsor, MacArthur said.

In addition to fare revenue, towns can apply for transportation subsidies, which qualify for gas tax dollars and can be used to offset costs.

“I think it’s a great initiative,” said McArthur. “I think it will offer a lot of opportunities for young people in Amherstburg, especially in Windsor and beyond, for education and work.

“Additionally, it will provide many opportunities for active seniors who have to commute to Windsor,” he added.

“And on the flip side, the buses run 24/7, so people in the city can get to Amherstberg by bus, which can enhance tourism.”

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LaSalle extends contract for public transport

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