Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:45 p.m.
Money greenlighted for UCPR transit project
A new public transit project is in the works for all of Prescott-Russell.
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) has gotten reconfirmation of $1.5 million in provincial funding for a five-year pilot project to develop an inter-municipal transit program for the Prescott-Russell region.
The grant money was originally approved last May during the final days of the Wynne Liberal government but was then put on hold after the Progressive Conservatives came to power in the June provincial election. The Ministry of Transportation has since announced reapproval of the UCPR project funding along with several million dollars worth of other community transit assistance grants.
The goal is to have an inter-urban transit system for Prescott and Russell counties which is accessible to all, including residents with mobility issues (see photo).
Carole Lavigne, UCPR economic development and tourism director, reported that a series of public information and consultation meetings is planned for later this spring to explain the project to residents and also get feedback and suggestions on what routes the system should follow, and what stops and scheduling would best serve local communities along the routes.