Gearing Up for the New Millennium
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Transit Windsors Nova Bus

Transit Windsor celebrates 130 years of transportation service on March 2, 2002, by introducing the Anniversary Bus into service. 

Environmental Benefits

Without a doubt, the biggest challenge facing transit in the coming years will be funding. With growing health and environmental concerns, transit is a necessary piece of the puzzle to solve these problems.

  • 75 percent of Canadians feel air pollution is affecting their health; 
  • 49 percent feel transit should be improved and expanded.  
  • Car-related health costs in Canada are now estimated to be over a billion dollars annually.

Recently, in Windsor we have documentation to prove what Windsorites have always known: we are dying younger than the national average. However, despite these facts and figures, transit in the automotive capital of Canada still struggles for community support.

Bicycle Racks: As part of the initiative to promote public transportation as an environmentally-friendly alternative, bicycle racks were added to the low-floor fleet in 2001 through the cooperation of the City of Windsor's Department of Public Works, Casino Windsor Cares, and the Windsor Bicycling Committee with Transit Windsor. This added feature combines two modes of transportation and offers passengers more choices, and the program is being extended to more buses and routes as funding becomes available.

Transit Windsor Safety Programs include Crime Stoppers, Share the Road, and Road Watch to further enhance existing safety programs, in addition to Safe Haven, Mobile Neighbourhood Watch, and Courtesy Stop programs. The Safe Haven program designates Transit buses as safe havens for anyone needing help, regardless of age. Mobile Neighbourhood Watch uses transit drivers as the ears and eyes of the community, and drivers can relay information to police, fire, or medical emergency services via a two-way radio system.

Transit Windsor Anniversary Bu

Facts:

  • January 2000 saw the introduction of Trip Tickets. Passengers could purchase One-Way tickets in sheets of 10 at a reduced fare. In January 2001, One-Way tickets were introduced for Seniors & Students.

  • A joint marketing initiative between the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the American Public Transit Association (APTA), was launched in Mid-January, 2002. This marketing program will be broadcast across North America using all media: television, radio and print. Transit Windsor endorses this initiative, and will use the tag line: "... wherever life takes you". Windsorites will be seeing this message in many forms, but the most prominent will be on the side of a transit bus.

  • A new automated phone system was introduced in the summer of 2001. The TRIPS line allows callers to access transit schedule and route information via a four-digit bus stop number.

  • Throughout 2001, the City of Detroit celebrated its 300 birthday. Transit Windsor was part of this celebration during the Tall Ships visit in mid July. Transit provided transit service to all crewmembers during their visit to the Windsor and Detroit areas. Shuttle service was also provided during the jazz and celebrity homecoming concert events.