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It’s a far cry from the halcyon days of interurban travel between the communities, operated by the London & Port Stanley Railway, however Aboutown Transportation is improving its current service,which hopefully proves popular, in particular Sunday service. Take note St. Thomas Transit. Here’s the details from the London Free Press.
Sarnia and St. Thomas — even Strathroy and Mount Brydges — are about to become more accessible for Londoners who rely on bus transportation.
Aboutown is expanding its North Link inter-city bus service to include regular daily service from London to Sarnia, with stops in Mt. Brydges and Strathroy.
The expanded service starts April 1. It will run four times daily, with the first bus leaving London at 8 a.m.and arriving in Sarnia at 9:35 a.m.
The new route gives travellers from Sarnia, Mt. Brydges and Strathroy direct and regular access to London’s Greyhound terminal on York Street.
“From there you can go just about anywhere in North America. And of course, the route connects with our shuttle service to the Detroit and Toronto airports,” Donnelly said.
To celebrate the expansion, Aboutown is inviting customers to take a free ride Thursday. The first customers to book seats ride for free.
A one-way adult ticket from Sarnia to London is $30. Discounts are available to students, seniors and children under 11.
Donnelly said he’s confident there will be enough demand for the new route to keep them busy.
“We expect to run 10- to 20-passenger buses but we can substitute anything from a sedan to a coach based on demand.”
The route also provides parcel service. Donnelly said by offering customers transportation of packages multiple times every day, Aboutown can provide a specialized service not offered by regular courier companies.
Aboutown’s London-to-St. Thomas service expands from twice on alternating days to seven days a week, with four runs on weekdays.
Mayors from Sarnia, Strathroy and St. Thomas will be on hand Thursday to receive the first buses to their cities and officially open the expanded route.
London’s Robert Q. Airbus also has routes to Sarnia, making two runs daily from London.