Burlington Transit public forum makes return after pandemic-related hiatus

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Published September 8, 2023 at 1:10 pm

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After missing several years due to the pandemic, the annual Burlington Transit Users’ Forum is making its comeback.

The even will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the Burlington Central Library.

“We are excited to be able to resume holding this popular event, which is supported by more than a dozen prominent community organizations,” said Doug Brown, chair of Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit (BFAST), the group organizing the forum.

This year’s event will include an opportunity for transit riders to discuss their concerns and ideas for improvement. Burlington Transit Director Catherine Baldelli will field questions and members of council will be present to discuss transit issues.

There will be presentations on transit electrification in Burlington, updates on the new free-transit programs for seniors and youth, and City Council’s directive to investigate free transit for all.

Other featured topics will include the need for continued operational funding from senior levels of government and the economic benefits of transit investment.

Brown hailed the involvement of Burlington Transit in this year’s Forum.

“Burlington’s Transit Users’ Forum is unique in Canada,” said Brown.

“There is no event like it anywhere else. It speaks to Burlington Transit’s commitment to engage with its riders that our transit agency supports and participates in this exercise, which is organized by citizen volunteers.”

More than 140 people attended the last Forum.

“One of the key issues we will discuss at the Transit Forum is the recent request by Council for a cost-benefit analysis, which may bring about free transit for all Burlington residents, regardless of age.”

For more information, visit the BFAST website.

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