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New Transit Terminal Opens

Woodstock's new transit terminal is open and running smoothly. The new hub for city transit offers enclosed shelters and plenty of benches for riders along with a large map of the transit routes and nearly marked bus stops. But above all, Woodstock Mayor Pat Sobeski says it brings an enhanced level of safety. "Saturday when they (drivers) finished their shift, they left the old Wellington/Dundas location, they tooted their horns and gave it a farewell. They're certainly happy to be here. Their initial comment was the safety factor, for the riders. At the old location they were darting across the street, jaywalking, where here it's much safer." For the drivers, it offers washrooms and an office space for a transit supervisor, which aren't quite done yet. Sobeski says the final touches will be completed in the next week or two. Sobeski was asked about why a washroom wasn't added for the riders. "They're going from point A to point B, there was no facilities on Wellington St. for the clients to use. To put in washrooms here would have been an extra capital cost, but then you also have an extra maintenance cost." The new terminal came at a cost of $1.1-million, which also included the purchase and demolition of the former Swiss Chalet building. As an added bonus, City Council is expected to pass a by-law on Thursday night to convert the old bus stops on Wellington into public parking.

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