Rural Transit Study to look at ‘future of transit’ in Kingston area

Kingstonist file photo by Logan Cadue.

The City of Kingston, the Town of Gananoque, the Township of South Frontenac, and Loyalist Township are undertaking a study regarding rural commuter transit.

“We need your help to inform the future of transit in the Kingston area!” the study webpage reads. “By completing this survey, you will provide the project team with important information that will help shape the vision, goals and design of a future transit service.”

The Rural Commuter Transit Study will look at the interest and potential uptake of transit use and routes connecting the four different municipalities and allowing commuters to travel to and from rural locations more freely.

According to organizers, the study will examine possible public transit solutions for residents, workers, students, and visitors. The objective of the study is “to review existing services, identify local travel needs, and develop a plan to address the needs identified.”

A pilot rural transportation model was one of the priorities of the 2019 to 2022 Strategic Plan for Kingston City Council. A funding application to assist with the costs of this study was approved in June 2022. The City is receiving $50,000 in federal funding, and the partner municipalities are providing a small contribution for the balance of the study cost.

This survey is completely voluntary, and the local municipalities said that the information will only be used for the purposes of this Rural Commuter Transit Study.

The survey closes on Friday, Feb. 15, 2023. Complete the survey here.

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