Port Council to ask Region for better bus service for students

Port Colborne logoIn a letter to Port Colborne Council, the Port Colborne Transit Advisory Committee asked for better bus services for students in Port Colborne going to Brock University and Niagara College.

The letter submitted to council last Monday from the Transit Advisory Committee read “That Council request the Region to investigate a functional transit system that included the Southern Municipalities of the Region.”

Counc. Dave Elliott pulled the item for discussion.

“We need to get more specific,” he said. “What are you asking for?”

He pointed out that right now there is a functioning transit system in place that services Port Colborne.

“We need a clearer definition of what we are asking for,” he said.

“We are trying to find a way to let the Region know that what we have is not functioning,” Counc. Yvon Doucet said. Doucet is a member of the Port Colborne Transit Advisory Committee.

“We have kids in Port Colborne relying on the bus to get to schools that classes start at 8:30 a.m. and they are not able to get there by using the busses till 11 a.m.,” he said. “Then, they can’t get home or to work until four hours after their classes end.”

“That’s not functional,” he said. “It’s not working for the kids in the southern areas.”

Counc. Ron Bodner suggested that the Port Colborne Transit Advisory Committee approach the student advisory councils of both Niagara College and Brock University.

“The transportation steering committee at the Region works with them, if the students keep asking for it, it will be brought up,” he said.

Counc. Barbara Butters noted that Port Colborne’s Council has members sitting on the Region’s steering committee and that they should bring up the problem themselves.

“Our Transit Advisory Committee here is asking that a message be sent to the other end,” she said.

She then pointed out that Deputy Mayor Bea Kenny and Counc. Ron Bodner are on that committee and can certainly bring it up at the next meeting.

Deputy Mayor Bea Kenny said, “We can ask that the times can be shortened, see if they can adjust it so there is less wait for the students from Port Colborne using the service.”

Council agreed that the matter would be approached at the next meeting of the Region’s Transportation Steering Committee by Deputy Mayor Bea Kenny and Coucn. Ron Bodner.






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