Bigger has bus plan for Sudbury
Mayoral candidate Brian Bigger says to increase public transit ridership, the service must be made more convenient and safe.
“We need to finalize the optimization plan which will provide the best routes for people across Greater Sudbury,” Bigger said in a release. “This is currently being worked on at the city. It needs to be completed as a priority. This will realign the routes to better meet the needs of the community. I will also revisit the use of smaller hubs in areas to increase ridership and convenience.”
Bigger promised to push for free rides for seniors during off-peak hours to help fill buses and “allow seniors to take advantage of more opportunities in the city.”
“Bus stops should include medical centres such as 65 Larch St., the YMCA building, The Older Adult Centre, hospitals and shopping centres, seniors homes etc.,” Bigger’s release read.
“The process of reviewing those who are eligible for use of Handi Transit must also be reviewed. Those who have needs must have access to these services and they should be available to make lives easier, not more difficult.”
He also promised to help make transit routes more efficient.
“Gas tax revenues are based on ridership numbers,” Bigger said. “Let’s get those numbers up.
“I will work with transit employees to ensure they have a safe and healthy work environment. Fewer injuries and less employee downtime will also result in savings. I will invite public input sessions from each ward to address their ideas to improve ridership and services and identify the challenges that may exist in their areas.
“I look forward to working with citizens and council alike; I know we will find the efficiencies needed to improve service levels, improve ridership numbers and safety.”