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New Tecumseth Council pushing for Tottenham to be included in new transit system

July 23, 2020   ·   0 Comments

New Tecumseth’s Town Council is requesting that Simcoe County’s new LINX Transit Route include Tottenham.

Currently, the transit system, which starts August 4, will only travel between Alliston and Beeton before reaching the Bradford Go Station.

Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross, who is also a County of Simcoe Councillor, brought forward a motion that requested the County reconsider its proposed transit route to include a stop within Tottenham, during the Town’s Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday.

“We’ve heard quite loud from the public and especially the residents of Tottenham that they want to be included, not excluded and so they should be,” Norcross remarked.

Mayor Rick Milne said he agrees and linking all the communities together is a top priority.

“The Deputy Mayor and I will still be fighting at the County, asking them to consider Tottenham, asking them to go back again and relook at it,” he said.

“I’m sure it has got to be just an oversight on their part because the way Tottenham’s community is now growing within the next few years.”

Norcross said at the County of Simcoe’s next meeting, August 14, the transit issue will be brought forward.

“I’ve been assured that they [the County] will be reviewing this pilot project and that there will be room for dialogue and input from the municipalities,” Norcross noted.

“We’ve gathered our input, we’ve consulted with our residents and we’re going back to the County right away to say we need to make this bigger and better you need to help us do it.”

Meanwhile, Town of New Tecumseth’s General Manager of Corporate Services, Lori Bedford, said Tottenham was likely left out because the County of Simcoe’s model for transit is to get customers from point A to B within one hour.

“That’s their maximum time limit and the problem with Tottenham was that they couldn’t achieve that, they couldn’t do all of the four stopping points and add Tottenham into that list and get that customer to Bradford within the hour,” she explained.

“In order to achieve a Tottenham bus stop, they were going to have to add more buses to the route and it wasn’t in their financial plan for 2020 – they didn’t have any more budget to add more buses, so that’s the reason I believe Tottenham was not included in the route.”

Ward 5 Councillor Donna Jebb said after a month of the LINX Transit system running, hopefully the County of Simcoe will determine a bus to Tottenham is needed.

She added that creating a parking lot where residents can leave their cars, before catching the bus to the Bradford Go Station would be beneficial as well.

Ward 4 Councillor Fran Sainsbury said they should run the bus on a trial basis for three to six months to determine the demand and how its being used, as transit is heavily subsidized.

The motion that requested the County reconsider its proposed transit route to include a stop within Tottenham will be officially adopted at Council’s next meeting on August 24. However, Norcross and Mayor Milne said they’re committed to continuing their lobbying efforts at the County level.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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