Next Step Towards Transit In LaSalle Due Up At Council Tuesday

Transit is getting closer to becoming reality in LaSalle.

Council is considering spending roughly $170,000 to build new transit platforms, shelters and benches.

The town entered into a five-year pact with Transit Windsor which will operate two looped routes stretching from Front Rd. to St. Clair College.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya expects council to approve the plan with little debate.

He says council is ready to invest in the service.

"We all know that transit service is not going to be a break-even proposition, it's going to cost us money," says Antaya. "It's very similar to all services that we have in the community. Whether it's police, or fire, or parks, or roads, it's a service, that's what taxes are for. Hopefully it will be a success story."

Antaya sees transit service coming to town as another sign LaSalle is maturing.

It's just another step towards maturing as a community, according to Antaya.

"If you want to be a well rounded community, you have provide services that sometimes are not as obvious as others, transit is one of those," says Antaya. "When we went out to the public and we asked them if they wanted a bus service in the town, those who attended the open house, and the comments overwhelmingly from the people is that they would welcome the transit service."

Transit services in LaSalle will be launched in early September to coincide with the beginning of the school year. Free fares will be offered until December 31 to give residents a chance to give the service a try.

The first year of service will cost the town $750,000 due to start up costs with each following year just over $300,000.

— with files from Ricardo Veneza