Essex mayor hopes for transit services from Windsor to Colchester

Essex Mayor Richard Meloche hopes the city will take a closer look at public transit.

He will present a notice of motion on Monday evening asking council to direct the administration to review a transit service from Windsor to Colchester.

Meloche hopes $60,000 will be included in the 2023 budget for a consultant to prepare a document on the feasibility, funding and operational process to secure public transit for a route from St. Clair College, to the county road 11.

He says the route would include stops at Paquette Corners, McGregor, Harrow, and take County Road 13 to Colchester for a final stop, then back down the same corridor back to St. Clair College.

Meloche says it’s another step in becoming environmentally conscious.

“That doesn’t mean we’re absolutely going to move forward on this,” he said. “It’s just saying hey, let’s put it in the budget and discuss it at budget time in 2023.”

Meloche says there is plenty to do in the Colchester area.

“It opens the doors for a lot of people in the city of Windsor to be able to get out, enjoy the area, the beautiful beach there, some of the great restaurants we have there and maybe- to be staying there night, one night and then back home,” Meloche says. “You have a one-night outing that’s just a bus ride away, it’s a different world.”

Transit services are currently offered in Windsor, Tecumseh and LaSalle, and there is also a route that runs from Windsor to Leamington, with stops in Kingsville and Essex.

Meloche says the province provides “really good funding” to support public transit.

“We all know it’s a win-win situation to try to have a bus route going up and down this route, hitting three of our four main centers in the town of Essex,” Meloche said. “It gives kids the ability to get into the city without having to worry about where they’re going to take their car to school.”

New transit service will begin later this year in Amherstburg, and last year Lakeshore launched a transit feasibility study.

Melvin Z. Madore