Posted on Thursday May 2, 2019 at 9:49 a.m.
PR Transpo project consultation off to good start
The public consultation process for a public transit project for Prescott-Russell is off to a good start.
The first of several “town hall” type information and feedback meetings on the PR Transpo project took place in at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre Tuesday evening. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell is sponsoring the project and UCPR representatives Isabelle Peladeau and Annie Grenier noted that an online survey on the project has already gathered more than 1000 responses.
“Which is very, very good,” said Grenier.
“We were hoping for at least 600,” said Peladeau.
The online survey is accessible at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRTranspoEn and is provided in both French and English. Copies of the survey are also being distributed through the public feedback sessions held in several communities during the first two weeks of May.
“Your feedback on what you want, or what you think you need, will help us,” Peladeau (on left in photo) told people from the Champlain Township and Hawkesbury areas during the April 30 consultation session in Vankleek Hill.
The UCPR received $1.5 million in provincial funding for a pilot project to develop and operate an inter-municipal transit service for the next four years. PR Transpo will link all eight municipalities in Prescott-Russell, with a schedule of regular stops at various points in most of the villages and towns.
The system will use two buses, each with 20-passenger capacity and equipped to accommodate at least two riders with mobility issues. UCPR staff involved in the project are also looking into the feasibility of partnership arrangements with other groups to assist residents in outlying rural areas get to designated central pickup sites on the transit routes when they are finalized.
Right now the focus is on gathering feedback and suggestions from residents to draft the final route schedule for the service, along with pickup and dropoff points, and develop a user fee setup. Feedback meetings are scheduled for May 1 in Limoges and May 2 in Plantagenet with others planned for next week. Details on meeting locations and times are athttp://www.en.prescott-russell.on.ca/news/what_s_new/we_want_to_hear_from_you.