Beginning August 4, the county is launching LINX Transit Route 5, connecting the Towns of New Tecumseth and Bradford West Gwillimbury and providing enhanced access to health, recreation and employment opportunities in the southern area of Simcoe County.
The route includes three stops in Alliston; two stops in Beeton; a stop in Bond Head and three stops in Bradford.
Ridership on the new route is free from August 4 to September 8, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. The free fare is not applicable to other existing routes – routes 1 through 4. As with all LINX routes, fares are determined by zones and are either $2 or $4 depending on zones travelled along Route 5.
The county will be introducing Route 6 later this fall connecting the communities of Penetanguishene, Midland, Tay, Severn and Orillia.
The accessible door to door LINX+ (plus) transit service for individuals who have a disability which prevents them from being able to use the conventional LINX service will also be available along Route 5 upon the launch of Route 6, once additional buses are delivered. Residents wishing to utilize the LINX+ service are asked to complete a registration form to access the service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199.
The LINX Transit system experienced strong ridership in 2019 with the introduction of Route 2-3 and the assumption of Route 4, and ridership has continued to grow into 2020 exceeding estimates in January and February by an average of 86 per cent. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ridership and to ensure reliable transportation options remained during the pandemic, the county offered free fares between March and the start of July. Staff continue to monitor these levels and will plan for reintroduction of service hours as required.
“The launch of Route 5 connecting Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury is another important step towards linking our residents to important service and business hubs throughout Simcoe County,” Warden George Cornell said. “It is exciting to now provide this vital service to our residents in south Simcoe County, where growing populations and an increasing number of students and workers are seeking affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation options.”
Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1, 2, 3 and 5 range from $2 to $6 depending on zones travelled. Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The county offers a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX. Fares for Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) are $2.
Visit linx.simcoe.ca to learn more about the LINX and LINX+ service.