First Transit Windsor bus heads to LaSalle
Stefanie Masotti, CTV Windsor
Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:50AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:42PM EDT
The Windsor-LaSalle bus route is up and running.
The first Transit Windsor bus made the inaugural trip to LaSalle Tuesday morning.
Steve Philbin and his two children were the first to ride the bus.
"Pretty impressive," said Philbin. "I was surprised when we got on."
The town has entered into a five-year agreement with Transit Windsor to operate the service. As part of the deal, the town of LaSalle will pay for the use of two buses.
One bus will start at St. Clair College and the other in the area of Morton Drive at Front Road.
LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya tells CTV Windsor the response from the community so far has been positive.
“I think the service could set us apart from other municipalities,” says Antaya.
There are 95 stops on the LaSalle Route 25, which was named in honour of the town’s 25th anniversary.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens hopes the service will expand in the future.
"It would make the most sense to have the next conversation with Amherstburg," says Dilkens. "We would love to talk to Lakeshore and quite frankly it's about expanding the service for the benefit of residents in all the municipalities we serve."
The LaSalle transit service is free from today until Dec. 31, 2017.
After that, a monthly pass will cost $95 a month or $3 per trip.