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County Transit rolls out between Picton, Bloomfield and Belleville

Helping to launch County Transit Tuesday, Aug. 25, from left, are: Mayor Steve Ferguson, Grace Nyman, Community Services & Programs Coordinator, Councillor Phil St-Jean, Councillor Bill Roberts, Shelly Ackers, Quinte Access Executive Director, and Brian Beiles, The County Foundation President. Trevor Crowe photo

A new service offering low cost travel linking the County to Belleville was launched today by the municipality and community partners.

County Transit welcomes fares looking for convenient and accessible transportation options on the route between Picton, Bloomfield and Belleville. On-demand service for pick ups at your location to one of the stops is also available by calling 613-392-9640. The service runs four times a day, five days a week.

The cost is $11 each way and includes transfer for the Belleville Transit system (northbound only). Rides between Bloomfield and Picton are $5. Cash only. Exact change required.

“I’m proud of how staff and community stakeholders have come together over the years and worked to bring public transit to Prince Edward County,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Offering sustainable and cost-effective public transit is a priority for council, and we are happy to see it move forward.”

Pickup and drop-off at the Belleville transit terminal allows for transfers to major routes in Belleville, including Loyalist College, Quinte Mall, Belleville General Hospital, the Via Rail station, and more.

Riders are asked to wear a face covering when possible. Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited and calls to book a spot are recommended.

The County received a $500,000 grant over five years, in 2018, from the provincial government to implement the public transit plan and business case. The current public transit builds on the specialized transit in place for several years.

The Prince Edward County Women’s Institute has also been instrumental in supporting transit in the County with more than $120,000 in donations over the past decades.

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