We’ve heard from readers that drivers on the Thom Transport commuter bus from Almonte to Ottawa have said the company is to be sold and the daily run discontinued.
We held off on reporting this until getting confirmation from the company, which we did today. A spokesman said, “Yes, it is correct. After 48 years of bus operation Mr. Thom is retiring. A buyer has not been found as of yet.” He said they’ve had expressions of interest in acquiring the Almonte run, but that it’s too soon to say how that will turn out.
Mayor Shaun McLaughlin said on Facebook today:
“Early this year, Lanark Council asked staff to look into the possibility of public transit in the County based on successful models in other rural areas in Ontario. Councillor Torrance and I are strong advocates for public transit at Lanark Council. Whatever happens won’t be in place by August to help local riders, however.”
Assuming no solution is found between now and August, it appears the only options for folks who can’t drive to Ottawa will be taxis or the Carleton Place LCT-Green Corridor commuter bus.