Huron Shores Area Transit is bringing transportation to rural communities. Recently, they launched their pilot project, a bus system for the public.
 
There are currently four bus routes running between different towns in the area. The routes include Grand Bend to Sarnia, Grand Bend to Bayfield, Grand Bend via Exeter to London, and Grand Bend to Ailsa Craig.
 
Depending on the route and location, pickups start as early as 7:25am and run as late as 9:39pm. The project was launched in December 2020, it continues to run during the January 2021 lockdown. Riders must follow COVID-19 precautions.
 
Fees range between $5.00 and $20.00 depending on where you get on and off the bus. Currently, they only accept cash (in exact change) but a digital system is in the works. To determine the cost, their website features a fare calculator and a fare chart. Children four years of age and under ride for free.
 
To find where the bus stops nearest to your home and fees, visit their site at https://huronshoresareatransit.ca/
 
Huron Shores Area Transit is a partner in the Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC). The CRCC aims to create a healthy, equitable, and inclusive community where every person has a positive sense of belonging, feels comfortable, and has adequate connections. The CRCC and Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) collaborated to create a report on social inclusion in the West Coast Shores region, available here https://gbachc.ca/blog/2021/01/06/themes-emerge-from-social-inclusion-study/