Free transit to be offered during Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival

May 26, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

Attendees of the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival will again enjoy a free shuttle service and transit rides on June 3 and 4.

A motion brought forward by Coun. Debbie Sherwood during a local Council meeting last Monday (May 16) was unanimously approved to allow free transit throughout Orangeville during the festival.

“I think this is a great idea,” said Deputy Mayor Andy Macintosh. “We all know our transit has been underutilized, and I think this is just one way we can try to get people to use it – make people aware of what’s out there.”

The bus service runs until 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday at a cost of roughly $750, covered by the Town of Orangeville. The Orangeville BIA is covering the cost of a free shuttle service that begins when bus service ends on Friday and Saturday, continuing until 1 a.m. both evenings. This is intended to reduce parking strain downtown during the festival.

The locations for the park and ride shuttle stop locations include:

  • Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites/Boston Pizza
  • Fairgrounds (Walmart) Shopping Centre
  • Westside Market Village (Sobeys)
  • Armstrong Street (Festival) 

In the motion for free transit, Coun. Sherwood highlighted some of the reasons she brought it forward, such as it being a great way to promote Orangeville’s transit system, create more park ‘n ride options, and make the festival more accessible for all residents.

During the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, much of Broadway and all of Mill Street will be closed to vehicle traffic.

The event takes place June 3 to 5.

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