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Funding Announcement for The Link Community Transportation System

Rural Transportation Service to Link Selwyn Township, Curve Lake First Nation and City of Peterborough

The Province of Ontario through their Community Transportation Grant has awarded $1.48 million dollars for a 3-year pilot transportation service in our region. This service will provide access from Selwyn Township and Curve Lake First Nation with connections to Bridgenorth, Ennismore, Trent University and Portage Place in the City of Peterborough. Project partners include Selwyn Township, Curve Lake First Nation, the City of Peterborough, and Community Care Peterborough. The official funding announcement for The Link community transportation system was made at the Township of Selwyn Municipal Office last week.

(L-R): City of Peterborough Councillor Keith Riel, Danielle Belair – Executive Director of Community Care Peterborough, Selwyn Township’s Smith Ward Councillor Gerry Herron, Selwyn Township Mayor Andy Mitchell, Selwyn Township’s Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis, Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith, Selwyn Township’s Lakefield Ward Councillor Anita Locke, Selwyn Township’s Ennismore Ward Councillor Donna Ballantyne, City of Peterborough Councillor Kemi Akapo, Curve Lake First Nation Chief Emily Whetung.

The Link will expand people’s employment and education opportunities and improve access to health care, recreational activities and social connection. As well, providing a public transportation option will reduce the number of singular occupancy vehicles on the road and the pollutants they emit. This will help Selwyn and Curve Lake First Nation reach their goal of reducing transportation-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) outlined in their Climate Change Action Plans.

Based on public input and lessons learned from Curve Lake Safe Travels bus and the Lakefield Worker’s Bus, it is our priority to offer a service that is reliable, affordable and fully accessible. The Link will be a unique, safe and service-oriented alternative and offer people greater independence, personal freedom and access to new possibilities locally, regionally and beyond.

Plans are underway to get the The Link ‘on the road’. A user survey will be launched in the coming weeks to obtain feedback on the routes, bus stops, and fares. The City of Peterborough has been contracted to operate the service. The City needs to procure a bus that will meet transit and accessibility needs. Open houses and a promotional campaign will begin in early 2020 to promote the program details!

The service is expected to launch in the Spring of 2020!