The Town of Bridgewater is streamlining its Bridgewater Transit service to better reflect the needs of the community and its transit ridership.
Starting on Friday, May 25, Bridgewater Transit will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and no longer offer service on Sundays.
“Our ridership numbers have been tremendous during the first eight months of the transit program – better than what was projected by consultants prior to the launch of the service,” said Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell.
Since last October, Bridgewater Transit has averaged 62 riders per day, with peak days frequently reaching or exceeding 100 users per day as ridership continues to increase.
“What our staff have found through analysis is that our ridership levels are significantly lower on Sundays and in the late evening. So, we’re adjusting the hours of operation to reflect the numbers and to ensure we’re getting the most out of the service for our taxpayers,” the Mayor added.
In addition to the change in operational hours, Town of Bridgewater staff are also currently reviewing the timing of stops along the route for ways to make improvements.
The Town’s Transit Planner, Mackenzie Childs, said that transit users can expect to see some tweaking to the timing of the route in the coming months.
“We’ve heard a lot of feedback from the community since the first schedule tweaking took place in November,” she said. “From trying to better accommodate Michelin staff, to syncing more with school start times, and we’re in the process of planning some changes to try to accommodate those needs as best as we can within a fixed-loop, single bus schedule.”