In July of last year, HSAT faced an unexpected challenge with a dramatic increase in the number of passengers getting on the bus in London (at London Transit stop #705, opposite Masonville Mall) heading for Grand Bend.
“At times,” says Transit Coordinator Susan Mills, “so many people wanted on the bus that there was not enough room for everyone! So we added an extra bus with multiple trips per day from London to Grand Bend. This year, we’re working proactively expecting similar ridership demand.”
Beach-goers can take their summer to the next level and enjoy a hassle-free bus ride from London to Grand Bend and back every Saturday and Sunday in July and August. With four return trips scheduled between 9:30 am and 9:30 pm, the express bus leaves London with a non-stop, direct run to Grand Bend. The earlier start and later finish are expected to meet the needs of visitors looking to get a full day at the beach.
HSAT estimates 160 to 200 passengers each weekend will take advantage of this low-cost, stress-free escape-to-the-lake travel method. No parking or traffic worries! Passengers do not need to book ahead for a spot; simply be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the pick-up time with the exact cash fare or Smart Card. A one-way trip from London to Grand Bend costs $10 ($20 round-trip), and children aged 12 years and under ride free when accompanied by an adult.