Midhurst/July 20, 2021 – On August 3, 2021, County of Simcoe LINX Transit Route 6, connecting Midland and Orillia with stops between, will hit the road, completing Phase One of the County' Transit Implementation Plan.
Route 6 includes stops in Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene, Coldwater, and Warminster; providing enhanced access to health, recreation, service and employment opportunities in traditionally underserviced areas in the northern part of Simcoe County.
“Route 6 will expand this successful transit service, providing affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation options to local residents," said Warden George Cornell. “We are pleased to launch our sixth LINX route, which is the final route within our five-year plan to improve public transit services in Simcoe County. We look forward to assessing ridership numbers, demand and future needs in our communities, as part of our Transportation Master Plan. From the LSRA to LINX, to improving our road network, and to creating increased active transportation options, we're proud of our continued progress to improve all modes of transportation in Simcoe County."
Ridership on the new route is free from August 2 to September 3, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. *The free fare is not applicable to other existing routes - routes 1 through 5. As with all LINX routes, fares are determined by zones and are either $2, $4 or $6 depending on zones travelled along Route 6.
The COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on ridership numbers across transit services; however, the County remained committed to offering reliable transit service, including offering free fares between March and the start of July. The first four months of 2021 saw LINX ridership numbers stabilize and show signs of growth as the province continues through the Roadmap to Reopen. Transit staff continue to monitor and adjust route times and safety measures as required.
In 2017, County Council approved a five-year, $5-million plan to create a regional transit service as part of the County's Transit Implementation Plan. With the launch of Route 6, the County has completed its initial five-year launch plan. Transit staff are participating in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, which includes a transit review, and look forward to gaining a better understanding of future growth, which will aid in the development of a new five-year plan and ten-year forecast.
LINX+ (plus) Service
The accessible door to door LINX+ (plus) transit service for individuals who have a disability which prevents them from being able to use the conventional LINX service will also become available along Route 5 and Route 6, once additional buses are delivered. Residents wishing to utilize the LINX+ service are asked to complete a registration form to access the service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199.
Visit linx.simcoe.ca to learn more about the LINX and LINX+ service.
Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 range from $2 to $6 depending on zones travelled. Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The County offers a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX.
Fares for Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) are $2.
COVID-19 Temporary Schedule Change (Effective June 7, 2021)
Route 1 (Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6 p.m.
Route 2 (Wasaga Beach to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:30 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6:30 p.m.
Route 3 (Orillia to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:45 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6:25 p.m.
Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) will operate Monday to Saturday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 8:30 p.m.
Route 5 (Alliston to Bradford) will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:20 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6:13 p.m.
Route 6 (Midland to Orillia) will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 8 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 5:56 p.m.
Locating Your Bus:
Alerts and real-time bus tracking will be available on linx.simcoe.ca. The County has also partnered with an existing app company to link real-time bus and route information through the popular app. Residents are encouraged to download the “Transit app" on their Apple and Android devices.
LINX conventional buses are equipped with features to make them fully accessible: low floor, pre-boarding announcements, digital sign and audio announcements for next stop information, can accommodate two wheelchair/scooter customers at the same time. The bus also has a kneeling feature which allows the bus to be lowered, passenger signal stop request, high colour contrast grab bars and stanchions, low glare, and slip floor covering and LED lighting.
LINX+ buses have low floors and oversized entrance doors to allow for two larger-size wheelchairs and scooters at the same time. Buses are air-conditioned with entrance and ramp lighting, and anti-slip floor covering.
LINX conventional buses are equipped with low emission engines with current clean diesel technology.
The County continues to work with First Canada ULC to operate and maintain LINX buses. First Canada has transit operating agreements across Canada and also provides school bus transportation services.
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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