Capital to establish long-term plan for transit system

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As the five-year anniversary of Charlottetown's transit system approaches, city council has passed a resolution to start a strategic plan to ensure its long-term sustainability.
"Sustainable, liveable communities need public transit, buses reduce our carbon footprint and relieve congestion on our roads," said Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, who chairs the city's parking and transit committee.
Trius Transit, an independent company contracted in 2005 to run Charlottetown's transit system, has seen an increase in monthly ridership to almost 25,000 passenger fares. The growth is attributable to pent-up demand and Trius Transit's good marketing and professional operation, MacFadyen said.
Trius co-owner Mike Cassidy is pleased with the ridership numbers and is convinced he's investing his money in the right place.
"We have made a financial investment in the system and we are so proud of the ridership numbers," he said.
"There's nothing wrong with investing money in the first five years of a new business to allow it to grow and flourish. We still have 25 years on the transit operational contract and we're looking forward to more growth in the future."
The system serves passengers from Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall within the capital region. Plans include connections to Summerside and other Island communities.
The city is in discussions with the provincial government about the transit system's sustainability. Charlottetown is one of the few jurisdictions in Canada where the provincial government doesn't contribute funds to the operation of public transit.
"We want our public transit system to remain affordable and we will continue to provide funding to keep our trolleys on the roads," MacFadyen said.
"The transit system is the backbone of a growing city and we're committed to ensuring it remains sustainable."

Organizations: Trius

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Cornwall, Summerside Iceland Canada

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  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 15:25

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 14:52

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:52

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL

  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 14:50

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:50

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:48

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL

  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 14:46

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:46

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL

  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 14:45

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:45

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL

  • long term planner
    July 08, 2010 - 14:44

    After multiple consultant reports and millions in subsidies, we only NOW are thinking about a long term plan? Way to go guys!

  • Chelle'
    July 08, 2010 - 14:44

    Explain WHY Charlottetown Is one of the few jurisdictions In Canada where the provincial government doesnt contribute funds to the operation of public transit WHEN There are Muti-Millions of Dollars In Federal Dollars specifically set aside FOR Public Transit Systems AVAILABLE To The Province ?

    HEY Backwards Prince Edward Island - The northern NB Town of Bathurst has a public transit system-backwater Lunenburg Countys Towns of Bridgewater Mahone Bay &Lunenburg and surrounding rural areas is getting it's Public Transit sytem on the road!

    How many Prince Edward Islanders' does it take to change a lightbulb?
    LOL