CKTransit is getting a new name. On Friday, July 2nd Chatham-Kent's public transit services will officially adopt the name, Ride CK. This fresh new brand compliments the permanent implementation of Chatham's Route 5, the mid-day run on Inter-Urban routes A, C, and D, as well as the OnRequest Evening Service, now operating until 12:45 am, Monday-Friday. These new services have been implemented based on public feedback and following a successful pilot period.
The switch to Ride CK requires no action from passengers. Your fare Smart Card will continue to work as usual, including online fare loading. Transit information is still available by calling 519-436-3233.
The public will also see new vehicles hit the road beginning in July. This includes 13 new ARBOC vehicles for the Urban Conventional and Inter-Urban routes as well as 2 new ProMasters supporting the Chatham and Wallaceburg Accessible Service. A larger two-door Enviro200 will begin operation on Route 1 starting in the Fall. Funding for these vehicles was provided by the Federal and Provincial governments under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and Ontario's Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation.
Signs will be replaced beginning this summer with complete replacement expected over a two-year period. Several bus stops in Wallaceburg, Chatham, Blenheim, Ridgetown, and Dresden will see accessibility upgrades in the second half of 2021.
Also starting on Friday, July 2nd, InTouch Connection of Blenheim, Ontario will assume operation of all Urban Conventional, Inter-Urban, and Accessible Services. InTouch Connection had been the service provider for Chatham's Urban Conventional service since 2014.