Southland Transportation Ltd. Will be taking over management of the On-It Regional Transit system from the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) as of Feb. 28.
The move comes as the CRP is in the process of winding down its operations as it will be replaced by the provincially mandated Calgary Metropolitan Region Board in March.
Since the new board’s mandate does not include regional transit, the CRP, as part of its wind down, had to find new ownership for On-It or shut the service down.
“I am absolutely thrilled On-It will become a legacy of the collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial culture CRP has fostered over the past 14 years,” said CRP Executive Director Colleen Shepherd.
“While there have been many accomplishments at CRP, On-It is our biggest,” she said.
As Southland takes over the regional transit system it plans to continue the popular Calgary to Banff On-It service. Southland will also be re-branding its existing Cochrane and Okotoks commuter services with the On-It name.
Southland has also stated its intention to work with both Chestermere and Strathmore to expand the On-It Regional Transit system east of Calgary.
Chestermere’s Mayor Marshall Chalmers represents the city on the CRP and said that in that capacity his focus has been on winding down the CRP as the new Metropolitan Board begins.
“Chestermere has not had any discussions with Southland at the present time as our efforts have been focused on the Wind Down of the CRP and getting ready for our first meeting of the new Metropolitan Board,” he said.