Tunnel bus to resume service for commuters November 20

The Tunnel Bus sign hangs out front of the Transit Windsor bus terminal downtown on April 6, 2015. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A popular way for cross-border commuters to get to Detroit and back will return later this fall.

Transit Windsor will bring back its popular tunnel bus on Sunday, November 20, but with one caveat. The bus will run its previous commuter route in Detroit only, as special events service remains on hold for the time being.

The resumption of tunnel bus service was confirmed on Transit Windsor’s website.

Tunnel bus service was suspended in March 2020, soon after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Canadian and U.S. governments closed the border to general travel, later restricting it to commercial trucks and those with essential jobs in the U.S.

Regular border travel has resumed, and the Canadian government has made use of the controversial ArriveCAN app optional, paving the way for tunnel bus use to return.

Before its suspension, tunnel bus service brought cross-border commuters back and forth between Detroit and Windsor’s downtown cores, following a dedicated route.

The cost to ride the bus will be $7.50 each way, or $15 round-trip. Before the service was suspended, the cost reflected the toll at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel.

The bus also allowed Windsorites to visit Detroit to attend events at Comerica Park, Ford Field, and Little Caesars Arena. It is not known when Transit Windsor will resume special event travel to Detroit.

Transit Windsor also dropped the masking requirement on its buses over the weekend. However, it still recommends riders continue wearing face protection.