Collingwood residents can now call Ace Cabs when they need an accessible shuttle ride around Collingwood and area. As of April 9, the local taxi company began offering on-demand accessible transportation within the Town of Collingwood. Hours of service will now be 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and users are no longer required to pre book the service at night. Rates will continue to run on a meter, as governed by the Town of Collingwood Taxi By-Law.
Service area will cover Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Clearview Township and Wasaga Beach. Additional destinations are available upon request. For service, please call 705-445-3300 and follow the prompts for shuttle service, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In December 2014, the Town received a proposal from Ace Cabs Inc, indicating that they would be interested in operating the Accessible Shuttle on behalf of the Town. The proposal outlines a five-year program, which would require transfer of the vehicle ownership from the Town to Ace Cabs as well as financial contributions for operation for the first two years of the contract, with the view of ultimately taking over the service permanently at no additional costs to the Town.
With Ace Cabs operating the accessible taxi service, it means that there will be service 24 hours a day 365 days a year, which is a considerable increase from current service levels.
Ace Cabs is currently operating one accessible taxi, but a second, brand new vehicle is expected to be delivered by the end of the month, increasing availability of accessible service. This will also allow for more out of town trips than when the Town operated the service.
The Town of Collingwood would like to thank Sinton Landmark for their exceptional service in operating the Town-run Accessible Shuttle for the past eight years, and their cooperation and understanding in this service adjustment and enhancement.
From L-R: Tim Dwyer (Owner, Ace Cabs); Casey Morrison (Accessible Shuttle Rider); Brian MacDonald (Director, Public Works & Engineering); Mayor Sandra Cooper (Town of Collingwood); Larry Dunn (Owner, Ace Cabs); Bob Turbitt (Owner, Ace Cabs).