With more ridership, North Bay Transit will be introducing scheduling changes and increasing some trip frequency beginning this fall.
Effective Sept. 6, trip frequency will increase to every 30 minutes for the 1a College-University, 1b Campus Special, 2 Marshall Park and 3 Ski Club-Pinewood routes Monday to Friday until 6 p.m. Currently, these routes run hourly.
This change will increase service to main corridors, including Algonquin Avenue, McKeown Avenue and Lakeshore Drive. Riders will also be offered additional connection options at transfer locations at Algonquin and Shirreff avenues, the Northgate Shopping Centre, and at Cassells and Olive streets.
The 1c McKeown Corridor will operate Monday to Friday from North Bay Guardian Drugs at 1950 Algonquin Avenue every 30 minutes with departure times at 10 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour from 7:10 a.m. until 10:09 a.m. and from 2:10 p.m. until 6:09 p.m. The 1c McKeown Corridor will provide a timed connection with both inbound and outbound 6Hornell-CFB routes.
While Saturday service will remain hourly, transit will return to an hourly fixed-route service on Sunday.
Dynamic Dispatching will continue to operate between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, the 2 Marshall Park and 4 Junction will also continue to compliment Dynamic Dispatching with service to the West Ferris area.
The latest scheduling and frequency changes are in response to increasing ridership – a trend which is anticipated to continue as students return to school in the fall.
North Bay Transit continues to work toward rebuilding ridership which was dramatically reduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. And, while demand has been gradually improving, it remains below pre-pandemic levels.
For more information about the upcoming changes, please visit https://www.northbay.ca/services-payments/north-bay-transit/