A minimum of the equivalent of 12 monthly passes need to be presold by 6 a.m. on February 28, for an interim regional commuter service to resume between Cochrane and Calgary.
"We will be looking at running it on Mar. 1," says Cochrane Transit coordinator Devin LaFleche. "If we don't get that minimum of 12, we will suspend the service again and we'll try it the following month or do another survey and see what the feedback is."
"Besides monthly passes, we also have books of 10 and 20, so whatever can get us to that same value, so we're at net cost or above."
Passengers would be picked up by the old KFC building on Hwy. 1A, where the new outdoor rink is located. It will make stops at the Brentwood LRT station and various downtown locations.
A permanent expanded Calgary connector service will be launched by COLT in the future.
"Eventually, we'll have that larger service with fixed COLT routes that feed to the On-It buses going to Calgary," says LaFleche.
It would include more pickup times and additional stops at the University of Calgary, SAIT, and Foothills Hospital. Summer trips to Banff are also being considered.
Further public engagement will soon take place on the Let's Talk Cochrane webpage to garner more feedback on the regional connector.
The interim service was initially launched in October exclusively to downtown Calgary using a larger On-It coach. That didn't prove viable so it was switched to a smaller COLT bus and a Brentwood LRT stop was added. Usage dropped off when further COVID-19 measures were announced by the province and the service was paused in December.
Further information on the interim service can be found here.