The City of Stratford has started a pilot project for what it calls an on-demand transit service.
The city has partnered with T3 Transit and the Kari rideshare app to provide services to parts of the municipality that are currently not connected to public transit routes, including those that cross the Hillsborough Bridge to get to in Charlottetown.
“It is primarily Ward 3, Reeves Estates, Clearview, that area which is currently not served by public transport,” Stratford Mayor Steve Ogden said.
People can book a shuttle ride the day before their trip using the Kari app, which can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices.
“The transport vehicle will come to your door, pick you up, take you to the bus stop and [you] get on another bus and it will take you across the bridge, âOgden said.
Officials demonstrated the service Monday morning, along with locals and MPP Michele Beaton.
It costs $ 2 for an adult to use the service. The city is absorbing any additional costs, said Matthew Cassidy of T3 Transit.
He said people using the service in the evening will be able to catch a connecting bus to Stratford and be picked up by the shuttle service to be taken home.
It’s a way for people to access affordable housing while still being able to go back and forth.– Matthew Cassidy, T3 Transit
The service is aimed at a few specific groups, Cassidy said: “That commuter who works, someone instead of owning that second car, or someone who doesn’t want to pay for parking.”
He added: “Another key group is our student body who attend Holland College or UPEI.”
Cassidy said the rising cost of renting an apartment in the city of Charlottetown is convincing people to seek more affordable places to live, often outside of city limits.
âIt’s a way for people to access affordable housing while being able to commute between them. “
Matt MacLeod, co-founder of Kari, said he wants the service to eventually expand to more rural areas of Prince Edward Island, and this pilot is just one step in the process. .
âAt the moment we have rural reservations available if you pre-book in advance,â he said. “The hope is that the app will be a one-stop solution for public transit and carpooling.”
Stratford residents covered by the pilot will be able to book trips between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The pilot project ends on December 20, but Ogden said the city could expand it beyond that date if ridership is high.