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Edwardsburgh Cardinal council has agreed to participate in developing a pilot project for a Brockville-to-Cardinal commuter bus service, but signalled that it should be a low priority for staff.

At its last regular meeting of 2020, council agreed to work with Brockville, Prescott and Augusta on the bus idea but it told its staffers that their participation should be only as time permits.

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The as-time-permits qualifier was a compromise to soothe the concerns of a council committee that earlier advised against the townships participation because the municipalitys staff already had too much on its plate.

At its meeting a week earlier, councils finance committee rejected participation in the discussions about the pilot project in a 4-3 vote, with the majority expressing concerns that it would place too much of a burden on already-busy staff.

E-C council climbs on board bus talks
E-C council climbs on board bus talks

The commuter-bus idea is the brainchild of the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council, which is willing to pay for six-month pilot projects for commuter-bus service in the region.

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The most likely scenario would be to have a bus run between Brockville and Cardinal to transport workers along the County Road 2 corridor, but the route, frequency of buses and the schedule would have to be decided by the four municipalities.

E-C council climbs on board bus talks
E-C council climbs on board bus talks

The leadership council said the transit projects should concentrate on serving commuters, particularly those in essential services.

Prescott and Augusta have agreed to investigate the idea of having a project here and Edwardsburgh Cardinals decision means three municipalities are now on board. Brockville city council has yet to discuss the pilot proje

E-C council climbs on board bus talks
E-C council climbs on board bus talks
E-C council climbs on board bus talks
E-C council climbs on board bus talks