Huntsville to discuss expanding transit this week
Huntsville Town Hall (Taylor Ablett)
More bus options could be opening up in Huntsville. During this week’s general committee meeting the town is going to hear a report from the Accessibility Advisory Committee on some options to expand the transit service.
The report is recommending the town include a $60,000 expense to the 2018 budget, to hire a consultant to review the current system and outline some options for growth. The project would be funded partly through the transit reserve and partly through provincial gas tax money.
Some of the ideas outlined in the report include designing new routes, adding new bus stops and reducing wait times. Debbie Kirwin, Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, will be presenting the report to the town during Thursday’s meeting, which gets underway at 9:00am.
The conventional service currently has a two-hour gap between pick-up times and many stops aren’t accessible. The specialized service uses an origin-to-destination service, which means users can call for a specific pick-up and drop-off point, and it uses a hydraulic lift for wheelchair and scooter users. Kirwin’s report says those with disabilities and seniors are the main users of the specialized service.
You can read the full report on the town website.