A new intercommunity transit service will connect the Town of Tillsonburg with London, Woodstock, Ingersoll, Delhi and Port Burwell starting August 4.
“The Town of Tillsonburg is expanding its existing in-town T:GO transit service with four new intercommunity bus routes serving the tri-county area,” said Mayor Stephen Molnar in a media release.
Voyago, a Transdev Group Company, will provide the expanded service. Voyago, formerly Voyageur Transportation, has been in existence since 1979, and currently moves 50,000 passengers daily across Ontario.
“T:GO’s intercommunity service will help people move seamlessly between jurisdictions to access the goods and services they need,” said Molnar. “I’m a firm believer that a person’s quality of life shouldn’t be limited because they don’t have a vehicle, or are no longer able to drive.”
Municipality of Bayham Mayor Ed Ketchabaw agreed.
“London and Woodstock are hub cities,” said Ketchabaw. “Even Tillsonburg offers services that aren’t available to us locally. This new service is a welcome and needed link between the various municipalities in our region, and will be a tremendous benefit to rural communities like ours.”
In Elgin County, T:GO will provide service to Eden, Straffordville, and Vienna en route to Port Burwell. In Norfolk County, riders can stop in Courtland, Langton, Andy’s Corners, Wyecombe and Lynedoch en route to Delhi. In Oxford County, T:GO’s Tillsonburg to Woodstock route offers stops in Springford, Otterville, Norwich, Burgessville, Beachville, Centreville, Salford, Mount Elgin, Verschoyle, Culloden, Brownsville and Delmer en route to Ingersoll and Woodstock.
“If people can get to Woodstock easily then the rest of the province, and even the country, opens up to them,” added Molnar, citing access to VIA rail.
Hospitals served by T:GO include Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Alexandria Hospital in Ingersoll, and Woodstock General Hospital.
“Public transportation has long been a challenge in rural communities,” says Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp. “This new service will give our residents easy access to a large swath of southwestern Ontario, while also helping our neighbours more readily visit Norfolk County. We can’t wait to welcome them to our beautiful region.”
In Norfolk, T:GO riders can take the bus Tuesdays and Fridays for service between Tillsonburg and Delhi and RideNorfolk on Wednesdays. The cost to ride T:GO’s intercommunity transit service will be $10 (one-way). Students and seniors will pay $8. Multi-ride, day and monthly passes will also be available.
“Improving connectivity throughout Oxford County benefits everyone,” said Southwest Oxford Township Mayor David Mayberry. “I commend Tillsonburg for taking the lead on this and finding a creative solution to a challenging situation.”
The T:GO intercommunity transit project is funded by the Ontario Community Transportation Grant Program. For complete details on the new service, including routes, schedules and fares, visit www.tillsonburg.ca/tgo.