ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Town of Cochrane is investigating the delivery of an effective and efficient local transit service for our community.
The adoption of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan in 2009, and the approval of GreenTRIP funding ($9 million) in 2010 began the current discussion on a local transit service in Cochrane. Extensive research and public engagement took place in 2011-12, and feasibility studies were presented to Town Council in 2010, 2013 and January 2017. In January 2018, Town Council approved a Transit Feasibility Study and directed a Transit Task Force Committee be created. The Transit Committee is tasked with acting in an advisory capacity with Town Administration to provide recommendations on local transit to Town Council.
After reviewing previous studies and the evolution of the transit industry, the Transit Task Force Committee is now exploring ‘on demand transit’ as the primary option. Compared to fixed routes from previous Town studies, on demand transit has the potential to offer complete community coverage with longer service hours at a lower operating cost and allowing for a more flexible transit system.
The public consultation aims to inform the community on the work of the Transit Task Force Committee, and seeks community input on service standards for the Transit Committee’s recommendations to Town Council. These service standards include:
- Service coverage and service span
- Wait times and trip times
- Fare prices and booking/payment methods
- Buses and bus stops
- Security and safety
- Data collection
- Pets, food/beverages, and more
A full report on results was presented to Council September 10. At their September 10 meeting, Council unanimously approved the recommendations and will now move to an RFP process for consideration in the 2019-21 budget. Read the news release.
On November 26, Council gave Administration the green light to move ahead with a local on-demand transit system and directed administration to negotiate and enter into a contract with Southland Transportation. More: Council Approves Local On-Demand Transit System
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Thank you for your participation in public engagement about local transit.
Here’s the Task Force’s Final Report, presented to Council September 10.
If you have any questions about the project in general, please contact us:
Devin LaFleche, Project Manager
Town of Cochrane Local Transit Project
Find out more about COLT: Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit launching October 7, 2019: ridecolt.ca.
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