County gets $500,000 to help with transit plan
Jonathan Ludlow/The Intelligencer Mayor Robert Quaiff, the Prince Edward District Women's Institute, representatives of the County Foundation, Vital Signs Getting Around working group and local public transit providers were on hand to celebrate the announcement of a $500,000 grant to go toward the public transit plan at the Crystal Palace on Monday.
There’s been a big boon for transit in the County.
Mayor Robert Quaiff, members of the Women’s Institute, Vital Signs Getting Around working group, the County Foundation, and local transit providers were in attendance for an announcement Monday regarding the public transit plan and business case at the Crystal Palace in Picton.
The County of Prince Edward has received a $500,000 provincial grant of funding over the next five years to help implement the new public transit plan and business case.
The Community Transportation Grant – Municipal Stream Funding is a grant provided by the Ministry of Transportation to support municipalities that are looking to develop new transportation services, or improve upon existing ones.
The grant is provided to Ontario communities that either see no service or under service in regards to regular transit options and bus services.
“The need to expand transit service to all residents of the County is a priority for the municipality,” said Prince Edward County mayor Robert Quaiff. “We are pleased and grateful to receive support through the Community Transportation Grant Program – Municipal Stream Funding to implement the plan and better meet the mobility needs of residents, employees and visitors.”
County council approved the plan earlier in the month. The plan was developed with help from the County Foundation along with support and feedback from Vital Signs Getting Around working group and transit providers in the area.
The plan is set to be implemented over the next five years with several goals in mind.
Providing options for mobility to County residents, including options for local excursions and improving connections to seasonal employment opportunities in the County to strengthen the tourism industry, is part of the plan’s goal.
Seeking partnerships in order to make use of and improve existing transportation services, and providing sustainable and cost effective service in line with surrounding communities is key in the transit plan.
“We are delighted to know that the needs of more County residents will be addressed with an expanded transportation plan designed to alleviate some of the obstacles faced by our populace,” said Evelyn Peck, Prince Edward District Women’s Institute president. “We have hopes and expectations that this will fill a much needed service.”
“We are excited to have the plan in place and to get to work on expanding public transit to all residents of Prince Edward County,” said Quaiff.
The public transit plan will work in partnership with existing transportation providers such as the taxi companies in the County, Deseronto Transit and Quinte Access buses.
The plan is set to begin implementation in 2019, with the intent to build upon the service incrementally in order to monitor response and demand.