City council unanimously passes Transit Windsor's 8-year master plan
Incremental operating costs will total approximately $25.6M between 2020 and 2025
Windsor city councillors used a portion of Monday evening's meeting to unanimously pass Transit Windsor's eight-year road master plan.
The plan has taken approximately 18 months to develop and would serve as Transit Windsor's master document until 2028.
"It's a generational transformation we're about to embark on," said Coun. Rino Bortolin as discussion about the plan got underway.
The plan's estimated incremental operating costs total roughly $25.6 million between 2020 and 2025. Additional capital requirements are estimated at $135 million.
Among the goals outlined in the plan is to increase the number of Transit Windsor routes available from 15 to 24.
According to a report authored by Transit Windsor executive director Patrick Delmore, the Rose City's public transportation service provider "faces a potential loss of funding without an updated Transit Master Plan, which provides the direction for transit ridership growth."
If everything goes as planned, it would cost $25.6M through 2025. <br><br>Most of that goes to expanding routes and the garage facility. <br><br>Right now there are 15 routes, plan would see that rise to 24 routes.—@JasonViauCBC
"The bulk of the capital and operating needs for the plan are related to the route network and garage facility," reads an excerpt from the report.
Council will vote on approving the plan's funding during 2020 budget deliberations scheduled next week.
With files from Jason Viau