COLT buses will be free to ride for the time being to help Cochrane residents get to work and essential appointments.
Town Council approved the change at their March 24 meeting via video conference.
“Council is considering a variety of ways to provide financial relief for Cochrane residents,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “We’ve made decisions about utility payments and taxes, but we also consider COLT an essential service so Cochranites can continue to get to their jobs and important appointments without transportation being an undue burden.”
The free period will continue while the Town’s COVID-19 response is underway, or as deemed necessary by Town Council.
COLT has implemented enhanced safety and cleaning measures, and capacity is restricted to six riders per vehicle as part of the physical distancing practices in effect.
COLT currently has only two buses on the road to match the lower levels of demand. This utilizes the on-demand nature of the service, saves on operational costs and aligns with the actions of other transit agencies.
COLT is closely monitoring the situation and we remain in contact with regional health authorities and other transit agencies to determine best practices to ensure our response remains appropriate. These adjustments are only temporary; we will continue to assess the situation and adjust as needed.
COLT riders can continue to request rides using the COLT app or website or by calling 403-851-5995. Buses run Monday to Friday from 6am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. There is no service on Sundays.
COLT: Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit launched in October 2019 and uses technology to provide responsive on-demand service — where and when Cochranites want it.
Local transit in Cochrane was approved in 2018 as part of the 2019-2021 budget. The system was developed as an on-demand stop-to-stop service after extensive community consultation.