Seniors can ride Oakville Transit for free on Mondays!

Pilot project runs from July 2 to September 24, 2012

At last night’s meeting Council approved a motion, introduced by Councillors Khan and Damoff, initiating a pilot project that invites seniors, 65 and older, to ride Oakville Transit for free on Mondays starting July 2 and running till September 24, 2012.

“This pilot project gives Council an opportunity to collect valuable data to assess the impact on senior ridership and revenue,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We look forward to receiving feedback back from seniors groups and individuals during this pilot project.”

For many seniors, not having access to transportation or being on a fixed income, isolates them and does not allow them to fully participate as a member of our community.

“I’m glad we are moving forward with this pilot project to offer seniors another travel option to do the things most of us take for granted every day; whether it’s a trip to the grocery store, visiting the local library, or going to a doctor’s appointment,” said Max Khan, Councillor, Ward 6.

“This initiative is our way of recognizing the valuable contributions made by the seniors in our community,” said Pam Damoff, Councillor, Ward 2. “We hope to hear from many seniors about how this one day of free transit really does make a difference in their lives.”

The free transit day for seniors will run every Monday, all day, on all routes within Oakville. Director of Oakville Transit, Barry Cole commented that seniors can ride for free, and no special passes or tickets will be required, but they should carry proper identification should a driver ask for age validation. Cole also invited all seniors, especially those who have never tried riding the bus, to give Oakville Transit a try during this pilot project.

An evaluation of the pilot project will be taken to the 2013 Budget Committee for consideration. Information about the free senior transit day will be available at all town senior centres, libraries, and on the buses. The town invites seniors to complete a questionnaire sharing their experiences during the pilot project. Take the questionnaire today.

If you’re new to Oakville Transit, visit the Oakville Transit website for all routes, schedules and maps. You can also use the Oakville Transit Trip Planner by Google to find your best route.

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Media contact

Barry Cole
Director, Oakville Transit
905-845-6601, ext. 3507
bcole@oakville.ca


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Seniors can ride Oakville Transit for free on Mondays!