More than 70 people from across the City took advantage of a test run route for a weekly shopping bus for Kawartha Lakes – nicknamed ‘White Lightning’ – last week. The test route ran on July 4th, doing three laps of the Little Britain-Lindsay-Cambray-Cameron-Fenelon Falls- Rosedale corridor, driving some 350 kilometres in more than 12 hours of service.
The rural shopping bus is part of a three-point plan launched by local residents last December in order to increase transportation across this city. The shopping bus is being provided by a private sector owner who will look at maintaining and even expanding the service once the market research has been completed this fall.
“As volunteers we’re just happy the schedule worked and the bus was on time”, joked Mike Perry, Co-Chair of the Kawartha Rural Transportation Working Group, who helped plan the test run. On a more serious note, he added: “Local residents just proved again the clear need and desire for transit outside of Lindsay. People were very happy with the service. Ridership was better than even we were expecting. We all know rural transit helps us all and is good for the local economy.” The second test route is being planned to cover the more eastern parts of the city.
“This is simply excellent and I am so thankful for this,” proclaimed one rider in her comment form. “It’s the best thing to happen in our community since Timmies,” declared another.