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Transcript Reprinted with Permission
Fri June 17, 2011
Jack Roe - Peterborough Correspondent
Our Peterborough Report is next. Jack Roe is our correspondent. Today, Jack looks at an initiative to try providing public transit to outlying municipalities. Good morning, Jack.
1. A local entrepreneur has an idea that might help people in outlying communities commute without having to use private vehicles. Who is this person and what’s his idea?
Darren Parberry grew up in nearby Burleigh Falls, so he understands the difficulties for those living in rural areas and small towns to get around their communities, let along link into larger centres like Peterborough.
The answer, of course, is some form of public transit
2. How does he hope to accomplish this?
Darren’s company, Metis Transit, has been working on this idea for the past 12 years. He plans to provide public transit to communities where it doesn’t exist, or to communities that can’t afford it, but want it nevertheless. His plan is to first bring bus transit into municipalities and make it workable, then expand the system, so that those municipalities have inter-community transit links
3. Has he approached any municipalities already?
He’s had preliminary discussions with and has investors lined up to get buses rolling in Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield north of Peterborough. He’s looking at buying five buses to start…a mix of transit buses and highway coaches. They would operate on an every-two-hour basis in the beginning. He’s also set to approach Curve Lake First Nations next Monday and Galway Cavendish Township in July – both are also north of Peterborough
4. How does he know whether the municipalities need public transit?
Metis Transit will conduct surveys of each of the targeted communities. Darren says the company will very shortly put survey forms on its website and eventually have survey boxes located in each municipality in Peterborough County.
Once the service is in place, he plans to have what he calls a Community Transit Advisory Committee in each municipality comprised of one adult, one senior, one student and one child to provide feedback on the service within their district.
All Darren says he needs is for the municipality to provide Metis Transit with a letter of support and within 3-4 months the service would be up and running.
He’s convinced the service can survive on revenues generated 50% from fares and 50% from ad revenue. So we’ll be watching whether any of the three municipalities show any further interest and if so, there may well be public transit motoring around the county by the fall
EXTRO: Jack Roe reporting from Peterborough.
PS: URL for Metis Transit = www.metistransit.ca