KAWARTHA LAKES: Everyone is invited to come aboard the new “White Lightning” free bus service, which officially began its weekly run throughout the communities of Kawartha Lakes, last Tuesday, April 30th.
Michael Bryant and his wife Pauline Kiely, have worked tirelessly on the development of this project, for the last two years, and with the outpouring of support from the community and local business, this unique and exciting new service has come to fruition. Michael Bryant said, “This is good for business, and for economic development, and for giving interaction between people. We are connecting customers to business. It's all about networking without the computer; its just about being face to face. I'm passionate about rural transportation. We want to make this project like family; real people talking to real people.”
The White Lightning Bus Service will provide free transportation, every Tuesday, to about 20 stops, located within Kawartha Lakes, beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. Michael Bryant credits the success of the launch of this project to many supporters, but in particular, from his major sponsor Murray Miskin. Michael continued, “Murray, owner of Miskin Law (Injury Lawyers) was one of the first guys to help us, and he is now our major sponsor. He called me up and said, Mike, I love it. I'm a part of the community and I want to help the community. I'm in 100%. Our other supporters are the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, the Bobcaygeon Chamber, the Fenelon Falls Chamber, and Mike Perry who is Co-chair of the Kawartha Lakes Rural Transportation Committee. Almost every major business knows whats going on, and they want the same thing we want, which is economic development.”
Along with the many stops on the White Lightning schedule, there will also be transportation to Festivals, and Day Tours to exciting locations, such as the Royal Winter Fair and the Wolf Sanctuary, and many more. However, Michael, who is always looking forward, describes future plans in the works. “We are working towards a Coboconk, Haliburton, Kirkfield, Bethany, Uxbridge and Port Perry area expansion. We are going to be approaching the Peterborough Chamber, and we are now talking with the Kawartha Chamber. The glue, for this project is with the chambers.”
Rider Kate Elmer also weighed in stating, “I try to get on the bus every time it runs. I mark it on my calendar. This time, I'm getting my hair cut and doing some shopping. I don't drive and I have to depend on everybody else to get around, so for me this is awesome.”
Ida Ralph, who also used the bus service said,“I don't drive and this is something to look forward to, and it gets me out for the day.”
Michael Bryant said in closing, “Transportation gives people freedom; especially for youth, seniors, those who can't drive, or those individuals who may be isolated, because they live way out in the country. Our riders go shopping, to medical appointments, jobs, and to visit family.
It's a beautiful ride, and this is so good for all the businesses in the communities we pass through. There are so many hidden gems in these communities all over the place, like: theatre and carriage museums, waterfalls, beaches, shops, and Settlers Village, to name a few. How much fun is it to go to a lodge and sit on the porch for tea with a friend or family member. Even people travelling by boat, can dock, then hop on the bus and go for a land tour. This is authentic tourism, and the world is searching for that.”
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