Norfolk County is one of 40 municipalities to be approved for funding through the Community Transportation Grant Program of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Community Services staff submitted an application on behalf of Norfolk County proposing a daily bus service between Simcoe and Brantford. The proposed service would connect with the current Ride Norfolk service allowing residents throughout Norfolk County greater access to transportation opportunities. Service would include a daily route running from Simcoe, Waterford, Wilsonville, Oakland, Mt Pleasant and connecting to the Darling Street bus terminal in Brantford. The stop at Darling Street would allow for riders to connect with Brantford transit as well as access to GO (Metrolinx) and VIA Rail services. The application included letters of support from relevant staff from both Brant County and Brantford Transit.
Norfolk County is eligible to receive up to $765,000 over 5 years to provide this service, which will fall under the Norfolk County Community Services Division.
In addition to Norfolk County’s approval, the Town of Tillsonburg was also approved for funding. Their application proposal also includes connections with the Ride Norfolk service as well as daily service connecting Langton and Courtland with the Town of Tillsonburg.
Funding under the program will be subject to the execution of a Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) between the ministry and Norfolk County. The TPA will set out the terms and conditions under which the ministry will provide funds to the municipality.