Midhurst/July 30, 2020 – Beginning August 4, 2020, the County is launching LINX Transit Route 5, connecting the Towns of New Tecumseth and Bradford West Gwillimbury and providing enhanced access to health, recreation and employment opportunities in the southern area of Simcoe County.
The route includes three stops in Alliston; two stops in Beeton; a stop in Bond Head and three stops in Bradford. For more information, visit the Routes and Schedules page.
Ridership on the new route is free from August 4 to September 8, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. *The free fare is not applicable to other existing routes - routes 1 through 4. As with all LINX routes, fares are determined by zones and are either $2 or $4 depending on zones travelled along Route 5.
The County will be introducing Route 6 later this fall connecting the communities of Penetanguishene, Midland, Tay, Severn and Orillia.
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, service will also be available along Route 5 upon the launch of 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.
The LINX Transit system experienced strong ridership in 2019 with the introduction of Route 2-3 and the assumption of Route 4, and ridership has continued to grow into 2020 exceeding estimates in January and February by an average of 86 per cent. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ridership and to ensure reliable transportation options remained during the pandemic, the County offered free fares between March and the start of July. Staff continue to monitor these levels and will plan for reintroduction of service hours as required.
“The launch of Route 5 connecting Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury is another important step towards linking our residents to important service and business hubs throughout Simcoe County," said Warden George Cornell. “It is exciting to now provide this vital service to our residents in south Simcoe County, where growing populations and an increasing number of students and workers are seeking affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation options."
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 5 and the planned launch of Route 6 later this year, the County has almost completed its initial five-year launch plan and looks forward to further direction from County Council and opportunities to work with other levels of government to potentially further enhance the LINX system in the future.
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 and 5 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 May 11, 2020)
Route 1 (Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 7:30 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 5:45 p.m.
Route 2 (Wasaga Beach to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 7:30 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:25 p.m.
Route 3 (Orillia to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6:45 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:05 p.m.
Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) will operate Monday to Saturday with the first bus starting at 7 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 9 p.m.
Route 5 (Alliston to Bradford) will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 7:20 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6:10 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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County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
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