Cochrane’s new on-demand local transit is one step closer to launching, as Town Council approved the transit bylaw and put the last legislative piece in place for the service.
COLT: Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit launches October 7 and will be free to ride for the rest of 2019.
COLT is Cochrane’s bold new transit system, designed specifically for the community. COLT uses technology to provide responsive on-demand service — where and when Cochranites want it.
The transit bylaw outlines transit fares, rider etiquette, restrictions and penalties for COLT transit service.
Council approved the proposed fares in the bylaw which come into effect January 1, 2020:
Subsidized passes are available through Cochrane Family and Community Support Services for those assessed as needing them.
The transit bylaw is based on the work of the Transit Task Force and public priorities captured through public engagement, as well as best practices in the public transit industry. The bylaw is designed to assure public safety, certainty and enjoyment of the COLT service.
COLT is free to ride when it launches in October so the system can be adjusted through the first few months to meet service needs.
Local transit in Cochrane was approved in 2018 as part of the 2019-2021 budget. The system was developed as Canada’s only fully only on-demand service after extensive community consultation. Transit riders will request a bus from one designated stop to another designated stop in Town.
Buses in Cochrane will serve local destinations initially, but plans are underway to add regional destinations like Crowfoot LRT station and post-secondary institutions in Calgary.
Find out more on ridecolt.ca and watch for opportunities to see the new COLT bus around town throughout September.