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Cost of Barrie bus deal adjusted for full year, route change pending

Posted February 2, 2015

Essa Township's cost for Barrie Transit service in 2015 is projected to be $222,005, a net increase of $69,121.

And that hike is the adjustment to account for the full year of service. Essa entered into a public transit contract with Barrie last August. First Transit Barrie collects the Township's gas tax of approximately $140,000 to subsidize the contract.

Barrie provides daily bus route services from Angus to Barrie roundtrips, including servicing Base Borden Personnel. It expects to collect about $61,000 in fare revenues.

As part of the 2015 renewal, First Transit has been required to alter "the route so that the bus goes along County Road 56, from County Road 90 to the 30th Side road and then west to Centre St. into Angus (including returning to Barrie the same route) rather than going north on the 5th Line, from Centre St. to County Road 90 and then into Barrie. Council would
like to provide bus service for the employees who work in the Industrial area on County Road 56 (Munro Concrete, RSI Recycling, Superior Propane, Barrie Recycling etc.)."

Dan Burton, Barrie's Manager of Transit, answered in a January 26th email that the route change should not add any additional costs "as a result of the changes from a service hours perspective."

" I will note however that from our observations of the routes stop locations will need to be discussed as there is a few alternatives we can look at, and we would like to ensure that the 30th side road be included as a priority road for snow clearing efforts as my recollection is that this road had fairly narrow shoulders and could be a concern during winter months. Otherwise we have no concerns with the change requested."

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