New community bus serving malls, grocery stores, and more is coming to Peterborough in March

Peterborough Transit is conducting a survey on which of two possible routes is the best

Other cities like Toronto have a community bus service that connects riders with popular destinations, providing an alternative to regular transit. Peterborough Transit will be launching its community bus service in March 2018 and is seeking feedback on one of two possible route options. (Photo: Toronto Transit Commission)
Other cities like Toronto have a community bus service that connects riders with popular destinations, providing an alternative to regular transit. Peterborough Transit will be launching its community bus service in March 2018 and is seeking feedback on one of two possible route options. (Photo: Toronto Transit Commission)

The City of Peterborough is seeking feedback from residents on two possible routes for a new community bus.

Beginning in March, the community bus will serve malls, grocery stores, seniors’ homes, medical clinics, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. It will operate hourly Monday through Sunday from 9:20 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.

The community bus will be available to all residents, and will also provide an additional transit option for people who normally use the Handi-Van or find using the regular bus challenging.

The service will use a mini-bus that has no stairs and has seats for 10 to 15 passengers, along with four spots for wheelchairs.

Through public consultation last summer, transit users indicated many places they would like to go on the community bus.

Based on community feedback, Peterborough Transit has created two potential routes for the bus and is seeking additional feedback on which route would be preferred by potential users.

An online survey to provide your input is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ptbocommunitybus.

Details on the route options and the survey are also available at the transit terminal in downtown Peterborough.

Peterborough Transit staff will also be at the Community Counter of Lansdowne Place on Thursday, January 18th to answer questions about the Community Bus. Copies of the survey will be available there as well.

All survey responses should be submitted by Friday, January 26th. Once the route has been finalized, the map and schedule for the community bus service will be made available.

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