August 17, 2021 3:00 a.m.
If you’re taking the bus to get around, there’s good news just in time for the start of the school year.
Transit Windsor will restore full bus service on Sunday, September 5 for all city and county routes. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Transit Windsor has been operating on a reduced schedule in response to declining user demand, as well as COVID-19 travel restrictions.
“Due to COVID-19, we have been operating on an enhanced service on Saturdays since September 2020, but with the return of students to the classroom, we are ready to resume full service and we anticipate a smooth transition,” Tyson said, Executive Director of Transit Windsor. Cragg in a press release. “I want to thank our riders for their patience and our team here at Transit Windsor for their dedication during a difficult time.”
Mayor Drew Dilkens said despite the pandemic, the city is still on track for a full service restoration and future expansion.
“Our goal of expanding Transit Windsor service was put on hold by the global pandemic, but our commitment has remained. The 2021 municipal budget provided for an operating grant of more than $ 21 million to support and improve transit service in the city of Windsor, ”said Dilkens. “We provide safe transit options and strive to expand service based on ridership levels and demand. “
Physical distancing guidelines will still apply on city buses and passengers will still need to wear a face cover.
On Monday, the transit service also announced a new route designed to help St. Clair College students get around. Route 518-X will be launched in September. The limited-stop express line will provide a bus service between Tecumseh Shopping Center and the main campus of St. Clair College in South Windsor, via Devonshire Shopping Center. The new route is expected to reduce travel times from the east end and save an hour each way.
“As our students prepare to resume in-person classes in just a few weeks, St. Clair is delighted that Transit Windsor is meeting their mobility needs,” said Patti France, President of St. Clair College. “This is especially true for the new expressway in the east of the city. A significant portion of our students live in this region, and I am sure they will appreciate the convenience of this new service.
Transit Windsor also said Monday that despite a slackening of U.S. traffic to Canada, tunnel bus service to downtown Detroit is on hold until the border fully reopens.
Complete information on all Transit Windsor routes is available on its official website.