The City of Sarnia is currently reviewing transit operations, with a specific focus on possible solutions to improve the timeliness of bus schedules.

As part of this process, the City has launched public engagement seeking the input of riders and residents on their experiences using transit, and preferences for a solution.

Sarnia transit has historically operated its transit schedule based on a 30-minute round-trip time frame for bus routes. When these times were established, it was a realistic timeframe to complete routes. Compounding changes over the last number of years — including increased number of stops; load­ing time requirements for increased ridership; and loading time requirements for accessible service delivery — have made meeting the 30-minute time frame no longer possible.

“We want to continue providing the best possible service for our riders and that includes keeping buses on time and accessible to all our residents,” said Transit Manager Michelle Carter, adding, “there are a number of possible solutions, so we are looking to our riders for their input as we work to continue delivering quality transit service across our community.”

Possible solutions include a shift to a 40-minute schedule; the addition of more buses and operators; and a reduction in the length of routes and number of stops.

Residents can learn more and complete an online survey at speakupsarnia.ca/TransitTimes before Jan. 4.

Printed copies of the survey will be available on Sarnia Transit buses.