After a lot of lobbying and much political wrangling, a bus service taking Northumberland County residents to other Towns and to the Go Train in Oshawa is now in service for a one year trial. Called “Commuter Connect” you first must register then you must buy tickets online or by phone. The service operates two routes (lines) connecting at Northumberland Mall and there are four return trips per day – Monday to Friday. Tickets start at $3.00 one way within a community (but there’s only one stop in each community – so huh?); $9 for Multi Zone one way (Travel to other Northumberland communities) and $13 one way for the Durham line which connects to the Go Train in Oshawa from Northumberland Mall and Port Hope. Also available are packages of 10 or 20 tickets or unlimited monthly rides.
It’s hard to say how popular this service will be or what criteria the operators have for continuing the service past the one year pilot. It’s being operated jointly by Northumberland County, Metrolinx, Hop In Technologies (for the online technology) and Community Care Northumberland.
As well as registering and buying tickets online, you can also buy tickets in person at Community Care locations:
- Cobourg: 1158 Division Street
- Campbellford: 174 Oliver Road
- Brighton: 46 Prince Edward Street
The service parameters were guided by an online survey which had over 1,100 responses.