Intermunicipal Transportation Network

Mini bus potential
L’Orignal, February 26, 2019 – The Economic Development and Tourism Department of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and its partner, Carefor Health and Community Services, have received confirmation of the $2 million in funding from the Government of Ontario, through the Community Transportation Grant Program.

This financial support will allow for the implementation of the Prescott and Russell Intermunicipal Transportation Network. The UCPR and its partner had received confirmation of the financial support in March 2018, but have since been waiting for the official agreement.

“Despite this minor delay, we are convinced and optimistic about the positive impact this project will have on the development of the community and the region’s economy, and we are excited to launch this project,” stated Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism of the UCPR. “This transportation network promises to change the landscape of Prescott and Russell for the better, and for the benefit of all its residents.”

The provided support will enable residents of the eight municipalities in Prescott and Russell to benefit from a new public transit service, which will allow them to travel easily across the region in order to access various essential services, all the while reducing barriers to transportation mobility in rural areas and encouraging economic growth.

“More often than not, it is a challenge for vulnerable people living in rural areas to travel around and access the services they need, such as medical appointments or shopping,” explained Alice Grenon, Director of Carefor Community Health Services.

Of the $2 million awarded, $1.5 million shall be used to develop an intermunicipal transportation service while the other $500,000 will be used to purchase an adapted minivan and the services of a driver for Carefor, to better serve its clients.

Moving forward, the Economic Development and Tourism Department, in collaboration with the consulting firm Axion, will begin identifying the needs of the population in terms of community transportation by conducting public consultations as well as surveys. This planning work is essential to the implementation of an effective public transit system.