City vs. County: Lakeshore exploring potential for bus service
Mayor Tom Bain believes there is 'huge demand' for service
Mayor Tom Bain believes there is "huge demand" for the service, especially along the lakefront.
Tecumseh's chief administrative officer Tony Haddad said he met with his counterpart from Lakeshore Thursday.
Tecumseh already in the transit game
It has a single route, making a loop through the town, and then venturing into the city before stopping at the Tecumseh Mall. Riders can connect with Transit Windsor buses there. Tecumseh will accept transfers from Windsor, but people travelling into the city must pay a second time.
Haddad said he was not sure if Lakeshore starting a transit system would change what Tecumseh offers, but he says it creates an opportunity to move toward a model of "regional service" along the north shore of Windsor-Essex.
LaSalle is in the process of studying its own bus system too.
Bain says discussions between municipalities is the way to go, after talk of a county-wide regional transit system fell flat in 2011.
But Bain feels the work done by the county on the issue in past years can serve as a base for the future, because it was detailed enough to include potential routes.
If Lakeshore council ultimately decides to take the plunge, Haddad advises that the town commit to transit for at least 18 to 24 months. He says it would take that long to see how successful it can be.
"The community has responded to it. Is it going to pay for itself? No. Does council recognize that? Absolutely. But they are committed to it," Haddad said.
With files from Windsor Morning