Chatham-Kent’s public transit services (CKTransit) will officially adopt the name Ride CK.
CKTransit is rebranding, and as a result, residents can expect some improvements to local bus services.
According to Transit and Capital Asset Management Manager Ann-Marie Millson, the rebrand is based on public feedback.
“This fresh new branding complements our permanent implementation of Chatham’s Route 5, the mid-day run on Inter-Urban routes A, C, and D, as well as the OnRequest Evening Service, operating past midnight, Monday to Friday,” said Millson.
The switch to Ride CK requires no action from passengers. Fare payment smart cards will continue to work, including on the new online fare-loading website. Transit information is also still available by calling 519-436-3233
Thanks to funding from senior levels of government through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and Ontario’s Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation, residents will soon see new vehicles hit the road.
“This includes 13 new ARBOC vehicles for the Chatham Conventional and Inter-Urban routes as well as two new ProMasters supporting the Chatham and Wallaceburg Accessible Service,” said Millson.
A larger two-door Enviro200 will begin operation on Route 1 starting in the fall.
Bus stop signs will also be replaced beginning this summer, with a complete replacement expected over a two-year period. Several bus stops in Wallaceburg, Chatham, Blenheim, Ridgetown, and Dresden will see accessibility upgrades in the second half of 2021 as well.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News