PR Transpo

The Prescott and Russell Intermunicipal Transportation Network

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.

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.

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.

This planning work is essential to the implementation of an effective public transit system.

Here are the main steps that have been accomplished.

  • Survey Launch - April 3rd, 2019
  • Public Consultations - From April 30th to May 9th, 2019
  • Survey closure - May 17th, 2019
  • Results Analysis – Municipal Officers obtained analysis of the survey results and simulations of routes on June 26, 2019, through a presentation by the consultant firm.
  • Circuit Development – Three routes have been traced with the help of public consultations and surveys. However, the route chosen will depend on the price quoted by the chosen transport company.
  • Request for proposals – Available on Bids and Tenders since Friday July 19, 2049. Proposals are available for 35 days, and the bid will close on August 23, 2019.
  • Selection of transportation company: Leduc Bus Line Inc.
  • Bus in service - October 21st, 2019
  • Official Launch - October 23rd, 2019

The new intermunicipal public transit system in Prescott and Russell will make it easier for thousands of residents to travel, as early as next Fall.

For more information

Please contact Isabelle Péladeau at 613-675-4661, extension 8112.

Resources

http://fr.prescott-russell.on.ca/services/pr_transpo

Economic Development and Tourism

59 Court Street, P.O. Box 304, L'Original, Ontario K0B 1K0
(613) 675-4661
1-800-667-6307 ext. 8112

The Prescott and Russell Intermunicipal Transportation Network is moving ahead

News Release

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.

The UCPR seeking feedback on new Prescott and Russell Transpo network

News Release

L’Orignal, April 8, 2019 – The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are pleased to announce the launch of an online survey to understand and evaluate the needs of future users of the region’s new intermunicipal transit service within the region.

Residents are invited to make their interests and travel habits known by filling out the online survey as of today, and until May 10. The survey only takes five to seven minutes to complete.

Last February, the UCPR and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced $1.5 million in financial support over four years to create an intermunicipal transportation system in the region. The online survey and consultations will be essential to properly plan routes, identify stops, establish schedules, and set fares.

In addition, five bilingual public consultations are planned throughout the Counties. At these gatherings, UCPR representatives will present possible routes and consult with attendees regarding schedules, stops, and fares expected for the launch of the new Prescott and Russell Transpo service, beginning in September. This will be an ideal opportunity to comment on the proposed routes.

The consultations will be held at local community halls, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Vankleek Hill, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 36 Mill Street, 2nd Floor
  • Limoges, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 205 Limoges Road
  • Plantagenet, Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 220 Main Street
  • St-Eugène, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 1123 Labrosse Street
  • Bourget, Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 19 Lavigne Street

The new intermunicipal public transit system in Prescott and Russell will make it easier for thousands of residents to travel, as early as next September. Your participation in the survey and consultations will allow the UCPR to provide an efficient service that will meet the travel needs of its population. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, please contact Isabelle Péladeau at 613-675-4661, extension 8112.

Residents confirm keen interest in the new PR Transpo Intermunicipal Service

News Release

L’Orignal, May 17, 2019 – In order to assess the interest and needs of future users of the PR Transpo Intermunicipal Public Transport Service, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) conducted an online survey and held five public consultations over the last few weeks.

The conclusions are clear: many citizens of Prescott and Russell are interested in this service and they have provided crucial information about how they wish to use it.

“The people of Prescott and Russell have repeatedly mentioned the mobility challenges that exist within our region. This project addresses these needs and will benefit the economic and community development of the region,” explained Robert Kirby, Warden of the UCPR Council.

According to preliminary data collected from 1,315 respondents:

  • 82% of respondents find that PR Transpo is a good initiative;
  • 40% of respondents would regularly use the intermunicipal transportation service;
  • 83% of respondents say they are willing to pay up to $6.00 for a one-way trip;
  • The four main reasons for using the service are: entertainment, shopping, groceries and medical appointments.

“It is essential to take into account the feedback of our residents in implementing a service that will serve the population, and meet the needs of employers who could equally benefit from this service,” noted Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the UCPR – the department responsible for the implementation of PR Transpo.

At the present time, the launch of the Intermunicipal Public Transport Service is still scheduled for the fall of 2019. For more information, please contact Isabelle Péladeau at 613-675-4661, extension 8112.

The PR Transpo network is officially launched

News Release

Try the service for free until mid-November

L’Orignal, October 23, 2019 – After several months of preparation, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are proud to officially launch the PR Transpo intermunicipal transportation network, serving all the municipalities of Prescott and Russell.

PR Transpo features two accessible buses, each with a maximum capacity of 19 seats. The buses follow a regular schedule and offer 12 different routes across the three sectors serving the UCPR. These 12 routes each have a round trip in the morning and another in the afternoon, with some exceptions.

“The people of Prescott and Russell have repeatedly mentioned the challenges of our residents’ mobility across our territory. The PR Transpo project will respond to these needs, helping to remove some of the barriers of social isolation, but will also benefit the development of our region, in terms of its economy and its growth,” stated Robert Kirby, Warden of the UCPR Council.

PR Transpo offers a service from Monday to Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with exact details depending on the established routes. Timetables and stops are available online by visiting www.PRTranspo.ca. The carrier Leduc Bus Lines, which was awarded the contract via public tender in August 2018, will offer the service across the region.

Users will be able to track the location of buses in real time, using the MYGeoTab app, available on Android and Apple. They can also contact the service by telephone or text message at 613-307-7813, toll-free at 1-844-957-0533, or by e-mail at prtranspo@prescott-russell.on.ca.

The transportation service is being offered at no charge from its launch date until mid-November. This promotion will allow users to try PR Transpo, as well as purchase tickets for the coming months at one of the points of sale. The price of a ticket is $5 for an adult (18 to 64 years old), or $4 for a student (5 to 17 years old) or a senior (65 and over).

You want to shop, you have an appointment, or you just want to go out? PR Transpo was created for you – try it today!