"We are pleased with the outcome of the study and happy to provide an enhanced user experience," says Sam Piraino, Manager of Transit Services and Parking. "The objectives of the study were to take a closer look at alternatives that can reduce average travel time and improve transit coverage to serve more residents. It was also important for us to look at reinstating Sunday service and other measures to increase transit ridership, while remaining within the existing 80,000 service hours. We heard the needs of our riders and are looking forward to implementing their feedback."
As an integral part of the study, Sault Ste. Marie Transit hosted a series of open houses and focus groups to engage the public. The feedback received was combined with a detailed analysis of the transit system performance and long term projections. The study analyzed Sault Ste. Marie Transit routes, service levels and service models, including community bus service. It also gauged input from transit passengers, staff, stakeholders and the community regarding the City's public transit needs and priorities.
After an in-depth consultation process the following are highlights of the changes:
- The return of late evening Sunday service
- The addition of the Great Northern bus to connect the Great Northern Road area to the downtown business core
- East-West connectors and route enhancements to reduce travel time and the need for riders to travel to the downtown terminal
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Sault Transit at 705-759-5438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.