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Milton Transit strategic plan moves forward

Next Tuesday, April 14 the Town of Milton ’s Community Services Committee will review Milton Transit’s strategic plan.

Milton Transit hosted an open house on January 19 to present the plan and receive feedback from members of the public. The planners have adopted the comments and ideas that they received at that meeting to revise the plan.

The plan recommends that the town support inter-regional transit by working with GO Transit, Milton Transit, the Region of Halton and other area municipalities to:

  • develop a mobility hub at Milton GO Station by encouraging development around the station and installing more parking spaces on the south side of the station;
  • build two more GO train stations — in the east at Trafalgar Road and in the west at Tremaine Road. (The station at Tremaine Road would included parking facilities);
  • build a carpool lot at Highway 401 and Regional Road 25 (Martin Street) and extend the current Milton GO bus service to the carpool lot. In the future, GO buses traveling along Highway 401 to and from Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, and Waterloo would also stop at the carpool lot; and
  • work with the Region and other municipalities to develop bus rapid transit along Trafalgar Road and Regional Road 25 (Ontario Street / Bronte Road) to connect Milton with Burlington and Oakville.

It recommended that Milton Transit:

  • continue to operate buses along fixed routes Mondays to Fridays until about 7 p.m., with more frequent service during the rush hours;
  • merge the current 1 Woodward - Maple and 5 Milton Crossroads routes into one route; and
  • operate two more routes to serve the growing southern and western areas of the town.

The plan also recommended that, in the near future, Milton Transit consider:

  • introducing hourly Saturday service.
  • partnering with employers to increase the number of industrial-area employees who use transit passes and then develop new services to serve employees working in those area;
  • partnering with merchants to develop services for shoppers who wish to travel after the usual Milton Transit service hours;
  • developing special routes to serve passengers traveling to and from high schools;
  • developing special extra-fare services for subscribers. The service would guarantee subscribers that they could connect to all GO trains and that they would have a ride home;
  • operating two buses to offer commuters a trip home from the last GO train after Milton Transit’s usual operating hours.

Because the town is renovating its Town Hall, the meeting takes place at 7:30 the Milton Sports Centre Banquet Hall, 605 Santa Maria Boulevard.

You can read the staff report to the Community Services meeting here.

You can read the presentation from the January 14 open house here.

Metrolinx’ Regional Transportation Plan (“The Big Move”) describes mobility hubs as “major transit station areas that connect local and regional rapid transit services, and also places where different modes of transportation, from walking to high-speed rail, come together seamlessly. They have, or [will] have an attractive, intensive concentration of employment, living, shopping and enjoyment around a major transit station”.

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