Rural Transit Task Force launches online survey
“As part of the mandate of the task force we need to look at financially viable and sustainable options to provide the service or determine whether rural transit is even feasible in Kawartha Lakes at this time,” explained Mayor Andy Letham.
To date, the rural transit pilot project in Kawartha Lakes has been completely supported through Provincial Gas Tax revenues and reserves. That model will not continue to be viable. Any new rural transit system will require municipal tax support and through this survey the task force hopes to gain information about residents’ willingness to pay, through their municipal taxes, for a rural transit system.
“We recognize that a number of people in our community use rural transit and in fact ridership has been increasing over the span of the pilot project,” said Mayor Letham. “We want to be respectful of the users of the system as well as all ratepayers across the City.
“Ultimately what we are trying to determine from this survey is whether people are using the rural transit service, and if not, why not, and whether our residents and business owners see the value in rural transit and would support paying for the service through their taxes whether they use rural transit or not.”
“We are asking everyone to take just a couple minutes to complete the short survey and help provide their thoughts on the future of rural transit here in Kawartha Lakes,” Mayor Letham said.
The current rural transit pilot project will expire at the end of June.
Respondents have until Sunday, March 8 to complete the survey.
The task force will present its findings and options to Council by the end of April.
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