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With Councillor Jim McManaman the odd man out, Owen Sound city council voted Thursday to grant the beleaguered downtown bus terminal a one-year reprieve, while seeking a partnership for the terminal that may reduce its annual total cost, now between $90,000 and $100,000.

wreckingball-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Would the city of Owen Sound want to own the downtown bus terminal if the buses no longer stopped there?

I do not have an answer. But if the community does, perhaps in the conversation that will occur during the one-year grace period agreed upon Thursday by council, there should be an opportunity for the subject to be considered before the building and its substantial asphalt surroundings are sold off, if efforts to find a partner are unsuccessful.

 

erase-regularBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

The inaugural day of the 2014 Owen Sound city council may be the last day for the city's public bus terminal.

If the routes proposed by transit consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to "help balance running times and improve schedule reliability" are approved by council at its special meeting Thursday, July 24, a new common transfer point will be required on 3rd Avenue East, between 8th and 9th Street.

City staff have prepared a timeline to have the new bus pull-in and shelter operational to begin the new routes by December 1 this year. If those plans are approved and met, the downtown bus terminal will be empty and locked for the second time in the past year.

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