COLT has been up and running in Cochrane for a couple of months and things are going really well.

The On-Demand Local Transit (COLT) system launched on Oct. 7 and in the first two months they saw over 8500 riders.

Transit Coordinator Devin LaFleche says they were blown away by the initial response to the service.

He says "We completed over 6000 trips. We've had over 4500 users and over 5000 people have downloaded the App."

The App is very user friendly and LaFleche says of the first 5000 trips they booked only 83 were done so through the call-centre.

LaFleche says one of the most exciting things that they're seeing is people opting to not take their own vehicle.

He says "We have other cities that are very excited because they're saying wait, people are saying i'm going to get rid of a car and rather then driving I'm going to take a COLT bus. We're seeing a lot of people in Cochrane who are opting for this option, they want to try that."

LaFleche says they're seeing a mix in ridership with a lot of families, teens and seniors.

He says the top three pick up and drop off spots are Spray Lakes Sawmill Family Sports Centre, Bow Valley High School and then Cochrane High.

As part of the initial launch the Town of Cochrane has been offering rides for free but as of Jan.1 that will change.

A single one-way fare will cost $2.50. You can purchase monthly passes or buy a book of ten tickets. Children four and under ride for free. There are also reduced rates for seniors and students. 

Tickets will be on sale starting Dec. 18 at various places in town including the Ranchehouse, FCSS, The Cochrane Public Library and Spray Lakes Sawmill Family Sports Centre.

Plans are underway to add regional destinations like Brentwood LRT station, downtown Calgary and post-secondary institutions in Calgary.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play or by following the links from ridecolt.ca.