On the Buses, on Milton Transit Appreciation Day, Mayor Gordon Krantz and Transit Manager Tony D’Alessandro travelled with the regular passengers who were asked for any comments about the buses. There were no negative comments. There were some suggestions to use a Presto card or eventually have fares available online. Many asserted that they were very happy with the service and could always depend on it. All the bus routes go back to the Go Station. There is one Transfer from one bus to another. A passenger suggested that there could perhaps be a 2 hour extension to transfers, to enable more flexibility.

One of many passengers who were waiting for the Go train on Milton Transit Appreciation Day was Sandra Alva. She was enjoying the welcome coffee that was being served on the platform from 6:00am by considerate and indefatigable Town Councillors from sunrise on a chilly Friday, September 13th. Sandra has travelled the route for 14 -15 years and has seen many changes on her journey from Milton to Markham with a number of crucial connections on route. She depends on the timing of the Milton bus to get her to the station in order to catch the Go train.

Tom, who has been driving a Milton Transit bus since 2010 said “I like the way it all has developed. From nothing to something!”

One passenger on an early bus, travelling to the Go, is very happy not to have to park his car at the station and is able to walk a short distance from the bus stop to the platform without any worry about finding a parking spot. The times of the Milton buses are carefully in sync with arriving and departing Go trains, morning and evening.

The Trudeau to Louis St Laurent route is one of the original routes. Mayor Krantz recalled “I turned the first sod on Trudeau in 2001.”

There was a small bus that served Milton as far back as the late 80s. It was parked in a driveway on Heslop Road and was family owned. Colin Best recalls riding the bus as a child and he said “When I travel on a Milton bus now I meet ladies who used to babysit me!”

Milton buses have now evolved into something much more.

There are now 23 town buses that travel throughout the urban area to the boundaries of Milton. The town owns the buses. On the sides of every bus are colourful wrapped adverts that promote a variety of local businesses.

The Milton buses run from 5:45 am to 10:15pm and are tailored to connect with Go trains as well as a variety of school entrance and exit times. The most prolific passengers are youth, Go train passengers and seniors.

Bus #20 which originally took passengers from Milton to Oakville, much used by Sheridan students, was unfortunately, in July, cut by the province without much notice.

The Manager of Milton Transit, Tony D’Alessandro, who has worked with the Town of Milton for 12 years is enthusiastic about the development of transportation in Milton. He especially mentioned the MagnusCards.  ‘This is a free app featuring step by step digital guides to support transit riders with autism and other cognitive special needs’ combining ‘structured…guidance’ to teach how to:  buy tickets and passes; ride the bus; plan a trip; stay safe on transit.’ (quoting the information available from the Town.) To download and explore the app, visit: miltontransit.magnuscards.com

The Manager of Milton Transit, Tony D’Alessandro, who has worked with the Town of Milton for 12 years is enthusiastic about the development of transportation in Milton. He especially mentioned the MagnusCards. ‘This is a free app featuring step by step digital guides to support transit riders with autism and other cognitive special needs’ combining ‘structured…guidance’ to teach how to: buy tickets and passes; ride the bus; plan a trip; stay safe on transit.’ (quoting the information available from the Town.) To download and explore the app, visit: miltontransit.magnuscards.com
Milton Transit also offers the Read and Ride program every summer, in partnership with the Milton Public Library, for those 16 years of age and under, to encourage youth to travel around town and engage in summer activities. To be eligible for Read and Ride, library cards must be validated with a special Milton Transit sticker, available in June of that year, to be clearly displayed to the driver upon boarding a Milton bus.

June was Seniors’ month in Milton which enabled seniors to travel free on Milton buses each Wednesday throughout June. Mayor Krantz warmly welcomed passengers as he travelled with them: “We’re saying Thank you for using our buses,” he explained, “in our little piece of Paradise!”

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