New transit service launches in surrounding London areas

Header image for Interrobang article CREDIT: PROVIDED BY TAYLOR MOONEY
The new Middlesex Count Connect transit service starts Monday, which Fanshawe College included in its route.

A new transit service starting Sept. 21 will help connect those who live outside of London to the city.

Middlesex County’s new County Connect transit service will begin to operate Monday to Friday, with two loop routes running in both the mornings and evenings.

Route #1 runs from Oxford County, Thorndale and London. Route #2 goes between Dorchester and London.

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London stops include London Transit Commission (LTC) hubs at Fanshawe College, as well as Masonville Mall and Argyle Mall. The Fanshawe College stop is located outside E Building, close to the Community Gate entrance at the LTC loop.

According to Middlesex County project and communications coordinator Taylor Mooney, the service is funded by the Ontario Transportation Grant program and has been in the works since early last year. She said the aim of the service is to provide individuals across Middlesex County with fully accessible transportation.

“We’ve known for a while that the community has expressed this need for transportation as it’s either very limited or nonexistent in these areas. We’re excited to give them this access,” Mooney said. “We’re hoping it provides people with social economic benefits and improves their quality of life overall.”

The service will use Voyago busses, which seat 20 riders at a time and are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Safety measures for COVID-19 include Plexiglas shields between riders and the driver, increased cleaning, and hand sanitizer provided for riders.

Masks are mandatory, and the first 200 riders will receive a free mask to pick up when they board the bus.

Fare for the first two weeks of service is free, and then $5 per one-way ride.

To learn more about the service and its schedule, visit