At August 25th, City Council Meeting, Councillors for the City agreed to allocation money to install a covered bus shelter. The shelter will be located near the Tim Horton’s North location. Mayor of Cold Lake, Craig Copeland explains, “it’ll have a pull out lane for the bus, and the shelter will have a handicap ramp.” The shelter will cost approximately $200 000.
The bus service began in Cold Lake on Wednesday, August 26th and on its first day of service there were 444 riders, including the mayor. Route 1 – North Circle had 198 riders and Route 2 – South Circle had 246 riders, with the highest number of riders getting on between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
The service is offered for free for the remainder of the year, so Councillors and city planners can get a better idea of how many people use the bus. The City will introduce a price in 2016. There are plans to add to the current bus route, as well as, add more buses and routes. Some ideas include a route to and from the base and during the winter a route for Kinisoo Ridge Ski Resort.