(Windsor, Ontario) - St. Clair College will play a part in the first step toward regional transit in Windsor-Essex.
In a historical partnership between Transit Windsor, the City of Windsor and the Town of LaSalle, buses will be running from LaSalle to the College and Devonshire Mall creating new opportunities for students and residents.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens was on the first bus which departed from St. Clair Tuesday morning as classes for the new school year were set to get underway.
He says the new route is going to open a lot of doors for riders.
“The beauty of this is it’s a seamless system. Once you pay in Windsor or once you pay in LaSalle, you can go anywhere in the system. This is something we haven’t seen in Windsor-Essex since the 1970s and it’s starting again today on the first day of school and hopefully this is the framework that lets us expand the service even further.”
The ‘LaSalle Route 25’ features 90 stops covering about 75% of homes in the urban areas of LaSalle.
Dilkens says it’s a big step toward the city and county partnering on services.
“It’s the bones of the regional transit system that disappeared in the 1970s and thanks to the agreement between Windsor and LaSalle we’re able to get it back going and serve our residents in a better way.”
Buses will be in operation Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm.
Transit Windsor is encouraging students and residents to give the service a try. It’s being offered for free until December 31, 2017.