Chatham recently became a popular destination for many residents of neighboring communities thanks to the official launch of Cascades Casino Chatham. Locals are also in need of improved mobility around which has prompted the greenlighting of a fifth CKTransit route within the community.
It is about to make access to the casino complex much easier while adding an entirely new trip during the busiest time of the day. Many locals interested in more convenient transportation offerings and the opportunity of going anywhere faster have eagerly anticipated the month of September.
This is when the official greenlighting of the new fifth route was projected to take place, ahead of a period with higher traffic in the Chatham area. The new route would aim to make life easier for locals and make their way around more hassle-free.
Fifth Route in Chatham
Projections are that people from St. Clair College Thames Campus would enjoy it immensely, but casino patrons would also benefit from the fifth route within the limits of Chatham. It is going to cover an area that has been lacking any bus transportation, making it a popular one once again.
The new CKTransit route would now cover the area between Richmond Street and Queen Street. Locals have been expressing their concerns regarding the new casino venue and the traffic it could possible create down the road.
Nobody wants a traffic jam in the area of the new casino complex, as this would make it hard for people in the region, as well as for casino patrons to make their way there and fro. The new route would aim to eliminate a potential traffic increase and guarantee fast transportation.
In order to maintain the existing frequency of buses, leaving their starting point once every 30 minutes, CKTransit would have to introduce some minor changes. The brand new fifth route would have a length of one-hour travel time between its first and last stop. Moreover, a new mid-day trip would be introduced to three routes, to the likes of A, C, and D.
Casino Venue Attracts a Crowd
Mid-July Chatham saw the soft opening of its brand new casino complex overseen by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment. The new Cascades Casino Chatham cost some CA$36 million to its developer and projections are that it is about to make the city a popular tourist destination. It is one of the first entirely new casino complexes ready to be greenlighted as part of the province-wide gaming expansion and modernization.
Cascades Casino Chatham is about to change the way Chatham develops and the economy is projected to see a bump. Gaming revenue of the new casino complex is going to guarantee regular allocations to the city coffer, as a percentage would be reinvested in the community. August 8 saw the official opening ceremony, which welcomed local officials to the likes of Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff and Chatham-Kent Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Chief Operating Officer Lori Sullivan was also present and he had a special gift for the Mayor, bringing a cheque reaching CA$884,638. Gateway Casinos Dresden saw its last day of operation mid-July and the cheque was the gaming revenue allocation Chatham is eligible for as a result of the past fiscal year.