On Dec. 9, 2011, the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) — Local 32, Canadian Federation of Students — at Lakehead University-Orillia will release a petition to bring GO Transit to Orillia. The petition will be circulated throughout the University and Orillia community, calling on local politicians and university administration for support.
The petition says: “We, the undersigned, are students and residents of Orillia who believe strongly in the vital role that accessible public transit plays in helping us make our way to class, home and work.
We are troubled by the lack of accessible and affordable transportation options for people travelling to and from Orillia. Students are particularly impacted, many of whom live in other parts of the province and pay the highest tuition fees in Canada.
We know that affordable, accessible transportation services provided through GO Transit have successfully serviced communities like Orillia, who benefitted economically and in other ways from increased mobility.
We believe that GO Transit should service the Orillia community and call for;
• Orillia City Council to support this call and lobby the provincial government to fund the service expansion;
• GO Transit to commit to expanding service to Orillia;
• The provincial government to fund the service expansion of GO Transit to Orillia
We also call upon these bodies to ensure that students and community members have access to transportation services that bring them to and from Orillia by expanding GO Transit service, strengthening the community and serving as a further means for economic expansion in the city”