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Grimsby Transit Investigation Study
Study Purpose and Objectives
The Town of Grimsby has engaged Dillon Consulting Limited to undertake a Transit Investigation Study. The purpose of the study is to help the Town of Grimsby determine the feasibility of introducing a viable transit service that improves mobility and quality of life for our residents. Throughout the study, we will be seeking your input to better understand your mobility needs and your support for public transit.
The transit investigation will include:
· Public consultation (surveys, open houses, focus groups) with Grimsby residents, community groups, and local business groups;
· A review of comparable communities that offer transit services;
· The preparation of a financial plan and feasibility assessment for a potential future transit service;
· If the service is deemed feasible, a recommended design of a potential future transit service, including routes, service levels, and service delivery mechanisms.
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We need your help!
There are a number of opportunities to seek your feedback and learn more about the study.
Telephone Survey - September 2016
The Town completed an automated telephone survey of residents to better understand their views on local transit in Grimsby. The survey was designed to get an unbiased and representative sample of resident opinions on a number of key questions regarding community support for Local Transit, potential use of the service, and how the service should be designed. A reputable research firm was engaged to conduct the survey, and randomly called residents the week of September 12, 2016. Thank you to everyone that participated. We received approximately 1,200 responses, far exceeding our targeted sample size.
On-line Survey – September 20th, 2016
If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the telephone survey, Click Here to fill out an online survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and will help us understand the support for transit services in Grimsby. The online survey will be available on-line until October 31st, 2016.
Public Open House
A public open house was held at Town Hall on September 20th, 2016 between 3:00pm and 5:00pm and 6:30pm and 8:30pm. We want to thank everyone who attended and provided their input on transit.
Check back for information on our next Public Open House in early 2017, when the consulting team will present preliminary recommendations about transit services in Grimsby.
Why local transit in Grimsby?
There are a number of benefits to providing public transit in our community.
· Local transit provides mobility options for residents to travel within Town to key destination such as the downtown, Grimsby Secondary School and the Peach King Centre.
· Local transit provides our youth independence to travel within the Town without relying on parents, including to afterschool activities and jobs.
· Local transit provides mobility for aging seniors who may no longer have access or the ability to drive their own vehicle. This includes access to medical appointments, groceries and to community events.
· Local transit can limit auto ownership for each household. Reducing the number of vehicles in your household can save approximately $10,000 annually in operating costs alone.
· GO Train is scheduled to come to Grimsby in 2021! Local transit provides a direct connection to the GO Train Station without the hassle of finding parking or dealing with traffic.
· Local transit is required as a first step to connect to the rest of Niagara Region and Hamilton. This can provide residents with access to employment, education, medical and entertainment opportunities outside of Grimsby, including McMaster University, Niagara College, movie theatres and major hospitals.
· Local transit supports the future of our children by reducing green-house gas emissions. Over 5 years, the average mid-size vehicle emits 18,603 kg of greenhouse gas. Having Local transit provides a greener option to travel.
More about Transit in Grimsby
What are others saying about transit in Grimsby? Learn more about the potential for transit in Grimsby by clinking on the various links to news, blogs and recorded presentations about transit in Grimsby.
Niagara This Week, January 28, 2015: Grimsby resident calls for improved transit
CTV News Toronto, June 28th, 2016: GO Transit service to expand to Grimsby by 2021, Niagara Falls by 2023
For all direct inquiries, please contact the Project Managers for this study.
Director of Planning
Town of Grimsby
|Dennis A. Kar
Dillon Consulting Limited