"This was the third year that I rode the buses on New Year’s Eve,” says Councillor Don Vassiliadis, Chair of Transportation. “The only difference between this year and the last two years was the weather. It was extremely cold. Riders were happy to have a warm and safe ride home."
For the second year in a row, City of Peterborough & Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers have announced FREE New Year’s Eve Bus and Handi-Van Service. About 3,000 riders used the free service last New Year's and the City anticipates usage will be even higher this year.
Service will be provided on all 12 regular routes and buses will run free of charge between 7:20 p.m. on December 31st and 3:20 a.m. on January 1st. The last bus will leave Peterborough’s downtown Simcoe Street terminal at 2:40 a.m.
Don Vassiliadis, Chair of Transportation for City of Peterborough, riding a bus on New Year's Eve last year
Handi-Van service will also run during the same hours, with two vans in service. Handi-Van customer service staff will accept trip request bookings from eligible clients until 12:20 a.m. and service will continue until 3:20 a.m. Handi-van bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Handi-van riders wishing to travel during peak times are encouraged to reserve their trips in advance.
Photo of transit users using the service last New Year's
The City of Peterborough and Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers encourage residents to drink responsibly and to make their New Year’s Eve transportation plans ahead of time.
The continuation of the free New Year’s Eve Transit Service provides an additional transportation option, encouraging everyone to enjoy a safe and prosperous transition into 2017.
The City of Peterborough is pleased to be offering late night transit service on New Year’s Eve this year for free.
Service will be provided on all 12 regular routes, and buses will run free of charge between 7:20 p.m. December 31st, 2015 and 3:20 a.m. January 1, 2016, with the last run leaving the terminal at 2:40 am. Handi-van service will also run during the same hours, with 2 vans in service until 3:20 am.
The City of Peterborough invites residents to drink responsibly and to make their New Year’s Eve transportation plans ahead of time. The introduction of Free Transit Service on New Year’s Eve provides an additional transportation option for those who need a ride home so that we can all arrive alive.
Today is a great day for transit in @Ptbo_Canada. Free bus service on New Years Eve from 7:20pm to 3:20am. This New Years Eve #getonthebus
Monagan Ward Councillor Don Vassiliadis, Chair of Transportation on City Council says, "Thanks to the work of the City, transit workers and the passion of Peterborough citizens, we are offering full service City Transit on New Year’s Eve. Having New Year's Eve bus service is something that I have been working on all year. What an easy way to get to your party and home safely within our great City of Peterborough. This New Year’s Eve, get on the bus!"
The estimated cost for the evening of service is $15,000 and funding for this new service is being sponsored by Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers, which has opened an office in Peterborough.