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QUESTION ADDRESSED TO MORINVILLE SCHOOL MAYORAL AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES
The shutting down of the transit link to St. Albert was a poor decision for the residents of out town. Ridership of the bus link was poor but that was entirely due to the fact that the schedule was perfectly inadequate. Two trips per day eleven hours apart is not a very useful option for anybody needing to access an appointment and hardly manageable for someone with small children or seniors. It is too long a day to be stranded in St. Albert. The old schedule also did not allow for young people to access a show, part-time work, or swimming, etc. This is a growing town and a useful transit option will draw people to the town, and help keep seniors here independent. A transit service adds to our quality of life and is a consideration for people thinking of moving here or away. Sherwood Park began their transit service as a Dial-A-Bus service when it was not economical to run scheduled full-sized buses. Maybe we could find a way to use the new town bus or a van both more economically and often enough to be useful to the residents of this growing town.