Rural Transit to cease June 27
Council made the decision not to continue with the Rural Transit service during a Council meeting Tuesday, April 14.
“This is not a decision that was arrived at, or made lightly,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “We have some difficult financial decisions to make and a majority of Council felt that we could not justify the expense of this service at this time.”
Rural Transit began as a pilot project on July 4, 2011 and was subsequently cancelled in September 2012. Council decided to initiate a second pilot project in June 2013, which will end June 27.
The Rural Transit service, which included stops in a limited number of Kawartha Lakes communities, carried a price tag of $420,000 annually.
“Based on the ridership numbers to this point and the cost of providing the service we felt this was the right decision for our residents at this time,” said Mayor Letham. “When we are spending tax dollars, we need to be accountable to all of our residents and businesses and provide the services that our residents can afford.”
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