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Shopping bus ridership doubles in less than a month 

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Shopping bus ridership doubles in less than a month 
Local residents stocked up at Foodland in Omemee last week, one of the stops on the second test run of the free, local weekly shopping bus.

More than 130 riders took advantage of the second test run of a weekly shopping bus currently being tested for Kawartha Lakes.

The shopping bus is part of a resident-drafted, three-point plan to expand rural transportation for communities across Kawartha Lakes. Originally tested for a day in July, last week’s second trial run had a different route which included stops in: Lindsay, Long Beach, Fenelon Falls, Eganridge (to offer summer visitors a way to explore the area), Bobcaygeon, Dunsford, Omemee and Bethany.

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Rural transportation as social right and economic investment

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Rural transportation as social right and economic investment

“Need a lift?” Anyone living – or growing up – in the Kawartha Lakes knows this question well. In fact, it is part of our daily life and local culture.

But transportation is most often seen as only a “big city” service. Nothing could be further from the truth. Public transportation actually means more in our rural communities.

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Mayor says Community Care could not have been used for transportation grant money

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Mayor says Community Care could not have been used for transportation grant money
A Community Care specialized van. Photo courtesy of Community Care.

City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says he absolutely wants Community Care to be a part of any future rural transportation plan – but they were not viable partners for a grant opportunity recently turned down by the City.

Some eyebrows were raised recently when City of Kawartha Lakes council turned down the chance to apply for up to $2 million in provincial grant funding for rural transit.

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