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Transit pilot project will be finalized this week for Charlottetown area

A passenger gets off the bus on Grafton Street in Charlottetown Thursday. The city is launching a six-month pilot project this month that will see the transit service expand in terms of routes and timing.
A passenger gets off the bus on Grafton Street in Charlottetown Thursday. The city is launching a six-month pilot project this month that will see the transit service expand in terms of routes and timing. - Dave Stewart

Times and connecting buses were the main topics brought up by residents during public information sessions about the routes proposed for the T3 Transit pilot project.

The new pilot project will offer transit to now un-serviced areas of Charlottetown, including East Royalty and Parkdale.

“There were a lot of questions about the connecting pieces which is why communication is the big thing,” said Charlottetown Coun. Terry MacLeod, who is the member of council responsible for city transit.

The new routes are part of a pilot project by T3 Transit, Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford. The pilot will also include the purchase of new refurbished buses and the price tag for the entire project is $165,000.

The city hosted two public information sessions to explain the pilot and gather feedback from residents about the proposed routes, which start May 27 and will run Monday to Friday for six months.

Roughly 20 people attended the first information session Friday and 25 people attended a second session Saturday.

MacLeod said a push for later routes was also brought up during the meetings.

“Some people want nighttime (routes) and there is shift work and all those sorts of things we have to take into account as we move forward,” said MacLeod.

Part way through the pilot, MacLeod said the city and T3 will likely hold another public meeting to see how residents find the routes.

A route was previously operated in East Royalty but was later removed.

“East Royalty wasn’t ready for it at that time and we certainly think they are now,” said MacLeod.

Mike Cassidy, president of T3 Transit, was also at the information sessions.

Cassidy will now draw the official transit routes. When finished, they will be on the T3 website and pamphlets will also be printed.

“The next few days we hope to have the actual routes defined and the pamphlets printed,” said MacLeod.

At the end of the six months the project will be evaluated.

katherine.hunt@theguardian.pe.ca

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