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Covid-19

The latest updates on Covid-19 in Cobourg can be found on this special page here.

Weather

Special Note re Covid-19

Masks required on both Conventional and Wheels Transit.  Also in Bus shelters.

Transit Bus

New On-Demand Service

Transit now operates an on-demand service on a trial basis. Initially regular riders use the service for weekends and evenings (5:00 pm to 10 pm) with fixed route service at other hours (see below). Wheels transit members will have on-demand service at all hours. Phase 2 will start June 14 with on-demand available to all riders for all operating hours. Booking will be via an app, by phone or online – details below.

Fares will remain at $2.00 per ride paid in advance by credit card or on the bus when you board. Tickets will be accepted. Multi-ride passes will be available soon.

Hours

Phase 1 – Soft Launch for WHEELS Members and All Riders
Date: Beginning April 19, 2021 until June 13, 2021.

WHEELS Members: All WHEELS members interested in using the Cobourg Rides on-demand service will be able to book rides during the following hours of transit operations:

  • Monday to Friday: 6:15 am - 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8:15 am - 6:45 pm
  • Sunday: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

Note: WHEELS members are asked to please call the booking number first (905-373-0582) before utilizing the Pick-Up App to ensure their account and email address has been approved as a WHEELS member.

All Riders: All riders interested in using the Cobourg Rides on-demand service will be able to book rides during the following hours of transit operations:

  • Monday to Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8:15 am - 6:45 pm
  • Sunday: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

Conventional Transit (Fixed Route) service will still be offered to riders from Monday to Friday from 6:15 am until 5 pm

Phase 2 – Full On-Demand Service Begins for WHEELS Members and All Riders
Beginning June 14, 2021.

The Cobourg Rides on-demand service will now be fully implemented across both WHEELS and Conventional Transit during the following regular hours:

All Riders Including WHEELS:

  • Monday to Friday: 6:15 am to 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8:15 am to 6:45 pm
  • Sunday: 8:45 am to 3:45 pm

Note: Route 1 and 2 Conventional Transit will no longer be available during Trial Phase #2.

Booking

You can book a ride up to three-weeks in advance in three easy ways:

  1. Download the "Pick-Up On-Demand" App – see below
  2. Book Online - (At Rideco) Your first task will be to register
  3. Call 905-373-0582

This is how the online process and the app work (click graphic to enlarge).

How Does it Work 

As an option, you can also pay online or via the app.

Download the app

apple app store
Google Play

 

Or, if you prefer, in your phone, go to App Store (or Google Play Store) and search for "pickup on demand" and choose the pink coloured app by Rideco.

If you're a first-time user, you'll need to create an account.

The app includes tracking of the bus so you know where your ride is.

Telephone

Call 905-373-0582 to book an on-demand ride over the phone. The hours of operation to use the phone booking service are:

  • Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Sunday 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video showing how to use the app.

Note that the example of use in the video is not Cobourg so some details may differ.

The trial is planned to continue for the rest of 2021.   It brings improved service but at significantly reduced cost.  This is partly because the improved service is expected to increase ridership so fare revenue would be higher.

Download a printable poster with key information here.

Or go to the Town's page on Transit.  Includes FAQ page.

Fares

  • $2.00 - Exact Cash Fare

Previously puchased tickets will be honoured but there will be no new sales of transit tickets. For the on-demand system, fares can also be paid in advance on-line.

Monthly passes

New passes will not be available until Victoria Hall re-opens to the Public - the Town is working on the ability to offer transit passes online but they are not yet available.

Monthly passes include a photo ID, riders name, date of purchase and expiration. When available, these can be purchased in the Finance Department at Victoria Hall. Photos of each rider are saved so riders do not need to take a new photo each month.

The following hours are effective 4 March 2021

Fixed Route Service

Stops June 14, 2021 - see above

Transit Schedule & Map

The following is effective until June 14.  Printable PDF - Prints on 4 pages of letter size paper -  the original at the Town's web site prints on 11" x 17" paper.  I can't print that except by shrinking to the point where I can't read it so this version is reformatted to be readable but is otherwise identical.  This schedule was correct as of May 2019 and has not been updated since. Download here.

Where's My Bus

Below is the App that shows where the buses are in real-time.

To access full-screen, you can click this link.  You can then make this link a favourite (bookmark) for future use. There is no "app" available, the feature is accessed via your browser. Occasionally, special events cause a re-routing of the bus for part or all of a day.  These are indicated on this page.

Days without service

These notes are updated as they change - see date at top of page for latest update date.

The Transit bus (and Wheels service) does not run on the following days: New Year's Day, Family Day, Easter Friday, Vctoria Day (New), Labour Day, Christmas Day.

Transit will run on Canada Day Holiday from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. only.

Hours on Thanksgiving Monday will be regular hours (6:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.)

Hours for August Civic Holiday will be reduced - 8:15 am to 5:15 pm

Hours on Christmas Eve and New years Eve will be 7:15 am to 3:30 pm - ending at the Mall

Hours on Boxing Day will be 8:45 am to 3:45 pm

Port Hope Shuttle

The bus from Port Hope arrives every half hour at 10 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour at Northumberland Mall. The Shuttle fare is $2.00. You can transfer to a Cobourg bus for $1.00 or ride the Port Hope bus to the Hospital (:14  & :44) or WalMart (:15 & :45) - bus then goes back to Port Hope. Port Hope riders can get on the shuttle at Port Hope Town Hall (56 Queen Street) on the half hour and hour during business hours. For more info call 905-885-2431

Shuttle Schedule

Monday - Friday At the Mall every half hour 10 & 40 minutes past the hour from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last shuttle - 7:40 p.m.).

Saturday At the Mall every half hour 10 & 40 minutes past the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last shuttle - 3:40 p.m.).

No Shuttle Service on Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

Wheels

Cobourg Wheels

This service is replaced by the On-Demand Service.  All buses are fully accessible. The original special Wheels service will cease operating June 14.

For more information on the Cobourg WHEELS program please contact the Public Works Division by calling (905) 372-4555  (May not be possible during Covid-19 crisis).

Fare -  $2.00 for each trip; Exact change,

Airport Service

A daily shuttle to Toronto Airport is provided by MegaBus.  Their prices are $35 each way and you pick them up at Harveys in Port Hope off Hwy 28 just north of the 401.  They leave Port Hope daily at 2:30pm and 5:30pm and the time elapsed is 1hr 30m.  You must book online here.  Only one large checked bag is allowed. Return times from Pearson are 12:00 noon,  6:30 pm and 9:00 pm. Return elapsed time is also 1hr 30m.  More info at their web site.

Taxis

For information on Taxis in Cobourg, Go here.

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