“The new on-demand service transit service offers an excellent solution for our rural region that will better meet the needs of the Prescott and Russell population,” stated Warden Stéphane Sarrazin, following the June 9 session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR).
Council gave the green light to the economic development and tourism department’s proposal to revamp the original PR Transpo project to an on-demand transit service that would operate Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The new PR Transpo will follow the example of on-demand public transit services operating in other communities in Ontario and around the world.
Instead of following particular fixed routes and predetermined schedules, the new transit service will adapt to the schedules and destination needs of riders who phone or text or reserve a seat online for the day and time when they need to travel. The system will also better serve UCPR residents in more remote parts of the counties who did not have convenient access to the original fixed routes pickup and dropoff bus stops.
“We hope that the people will adopt PR Transpo’s new service,” stated Carole Lavigne, UCPR economic development director, “because it has been specifically designed to meet their needs. The added value of this innovative on-demand model represents for the riders will undoubtedly allow us to reach operational profitability and will ensure the sustainability of the transit service in the long run.”