West End Residents Not Happy With Relocation Plans For College Avenue Bus Terminal

Some west-end residents continue to voice their displeasure over a plan to move their bus terminal.

The residents are not happy with Transit Windsor's proposed plan to relocate the west end bus terminal from College Avenue to the north east corner of the Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare property on Prince Road.

The residents met with city and transit staff along with representatives from Dillon Consulting on Tuesday to go over the relocation plans.

Past Chair of the Sandwich Improvement Area Mary Ann Cuderman is against the relocation plans.

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Mary Ann Cudderman, Sandwich advocate, at Canada House December 20, 2017 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"It's devastating for Sandwich Town," says Cuderman.  "It's devastating especially for the area that surrounds College Avenue over there and for the Sandwich Community Health Centre.  A lot of their clients rely on that bus service."

Transit Windsor Executive Director Pat Delmore says he heard mixed reviews from the community on Tuesday.

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Pat Delmore, executive director of Transit Windsor, attends the regular meeting of the Environment, Transportation and Public Safety Standing Committee on September 27, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

"Some people like the location it's currently at," says Delmore.  "We do recognize some of the benefits of moving to the new facility on Prince Road.  It will facilitate a better transfer point for our riders, some increased security and safety, a waiting area they'll be able to access."

Delmore says the Prince Road site is transit's preferred location but a final decision has not been made.

Tuesday night's meeting was the second public meeting to discuss the relocation plans, the first was in March.

According to Delmore, Transit Windsor was given notice to vacate the College Avenue site in late 2014 by the Windsor-Essex County Health Centre's Sandwich Community Health Centre.

There are four bus routes that operate out of the College Avenue site.

Delmore says the goal is to be operating out of the new terminal by next summer.