Gravenhurst Receives $50,000 in Funding from the Rural Transit Fund Program
In the January 23, 2023, Gravenhurst meeting Council discussed The Rural Transit Update for transit feasibility for the Town.
In September 2021 staff applied for transit funding under the Rural Transit Fund Program that was offered by the provincial government and received $50,000 to undertake an assessment of needs for the municipality, as a part of the Rural Transit Study.
The Federal government announced a $5.9 billion fund for public transit and active transportation. $250 million of this was for a new Rural Transit Solutions Fund to develop new or support existing transit systems.
In June 2022, the Town received a variety of proposals from consultant firms to conduct an analysis of the communities’ transit needs and hired Toronto firm, Left Turn Right Turn (LTRT).
In the meeting, LTRT representative, Matt Lattavo, expressed that one of the most important indicators of the type of service the Town will provide is “how many people in the Town will be most likely to use this service… The service that best suits the Town, and the best value, and cost-effective services that will meet the needs effectively.”
Lattavo added, “Individuals with very limited transportation options are first and foremost.”
The firm has been meeting with Town stakeholders and will conduct upcoming meetings for public feedback in the upcoming weeks. Schools, libraries and the community as a whole will have an opportunity to provide feedback, including about how people are currently getting around, and to share ideas about the needs of the community.