Fort Erie Transit Reverts Back to One-Way Loop Transit System

MEDIA RELEASE (May 15, 2018) On October 2, 2017, the Town of Fort Erie launched an enhanced transit system with the assistance of a newly formed Transit Advisory Committee (TAC). TAC met regularly over the past seven months and provided feedback to Staff regarding changes that were made to the transit system. The changes included:

  • Expanded routes in Fort Erie, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach
  • Additional route to Stevensville and Black Creek
  • Connections to Niagara Falls, Brock University and Niagara College
  • New main transit hub located at the Municipal Centre
  • Expanded hours from 6am to 9pm on all routes
  • New pre-paid smart cards available for purchase onboard
  • Audio and visual pre-boarding and onboard announcements of routes and stops
  • New Fort Erie Transit website (fetransit.ca), which includes real-time bus times, up-to-date transit alerts and detours, and trip planning capabilities.

Prior to making changes, multiple focus groups and a public survey were completed in order to build the framework behind new transit routes and schedules. While the changes were meant to provide greater service to a broader ridership, the new route times and schedules didn’t meet the needs of the overall ridership according to feedback received from TAC.

“The data shows that our ridership has dropped significantly over the last two quarters when compared to last year’s averages. As soon as we saw that the numbers were starting to decline, we decided to take action. The riders were quite clear with their feedback – the two-directional routes and the timing of the buses no longer worked with their schedules,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop and TAC Member.

On April 26, TAC recommended changing the bus routes from the two-way loop system back to a one-way loop system in order to put the buses back on a one-hour bus schedule. A one-way loop system is when buses run continuously in the same direction whereas a two-way loop system means buses run continuously in opposite directions. The recommendation will apply to the East, West and North routes. In addition, TAC recommended that the Town continue with the current routes (rather than go back to the old routes) with the option to modify them as needed in the future.

Changes to the transit system are expected to be finalized by August 2018. Updates will be provided onboard the bus, through social media and on www.fetransit.ca.

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Contact: Janine Tessmer, Communications Advisor
Email: jtessmer@forterie.ca

4 thoughts on “Fort Erie Transit Reverts Back to One-Way Loop Transit System

  1. Gina Robson

    Yes this system does work good but it needs to stop at Wal-Mart more like every way it’s a must because there’s no ware to sit except outside it’s not fare for older people to wait 2 hours for the buses.

  2. Mike Cloutier

    Can you please explain to me, as I had asked at the last Transit Advisory Committee meeting, what going “back to a one-way loop system” means. We never had a “one-way loop system”. The “loop system” was invented by Town staff against the advice of the consultant and against the advice of transit riders and implemented in October 2017. We are not going “back” to anything. The Town is amending its unsound loop system which will have the effect of isolating neighbourhoods such as South End from North End and Crystal Beach from Ridgeway by forcing a trip to the Leisureplex before they get to their destination which could be only a mile away under the old system.
    The old system was confirmed by the Director of Infrastructure Services in a meeting with the Mayor and me on May 2 that the old system was a “pendulum” where the buses go back and forth, not round and round. This is the better system.
    Secondly, there is no reason to change the Stevensville route. One way loop of this route makes it less effective, and the addition of the Stevensville route has been the only positive outcome of this otherwise disastrous plan which was based on flawed strategy, unsound recommendations and was badly implemented.
    We are glad, however, that the schedule for the intermunicipal bus has finally been removed from its old bus stop at Walmart — seven months later.
    It does not help the people of Fort Erie to revise the facts.

    1. Town of Fort Erie Post author

      Hi Mike – When we discuss a one-way loop, we mean it will be going in a one-directional route instead of two-directions. However, the new routes that were implemented on Oct. 2 will remain the same. If you have any more questions, please contact Kelly Walsh, Director of Infrastructure Services at 905-871-1600, 2400 or email kwalsh@forterie.ca.

  3. Mike Cloutier

    Then why is it you state the Town is going “back”? The difference between “one-way loop” and “two-way loop” is self-evident. What does “back” mean?

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