SUMMERSIDE – The Maritime Bus Company remains committed to building a public transit line within the City of Summerside, says company president Mike Cassidy.
“I haven’t walked away from the idea,” he said. “We need to get a presence in Summerside.”
The city and Cassidy partnered over a year ago to bring a public transit system to Summerside. The city contributed $2,500 per month to the plan for the first year. That funding ran out in May.
Cassidy has continued to operate the line without any additional commitment from the city.
The success of the initiative over the first year has been limited but Cassidy said plans will be going to council to improve the service.
“The administration is filing a package with the city,” he said. “We have new initiatives and plans. I’m hoping that will go to city council by the middle of this (September) month.”
Cassidy said a key to building the citywide transit system is having an accessible and well publicized service.
The County Fair Mall would play a major role as a base for the line.
“We need to be at the County Fair Mall but people need to know where we are,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy said he doesn’t require a separate structure but just a designated area within the mall to inform the travelling about the bus service, where to catch busses and what the routes within the city are.
Cassidy is confident that once the travelling public is educated about the service they will respond.
Travel by transit service is simple, Cassidy said.
“You don’t have to be able to read a bus schedule because they can be confusing,” he said. “All you need to know is you take bus one and it will get you to where you want to go.”
City council will be holding its next meeting on Sept. 16 and Cassidy hopes to have the company’s plans in the hands of council by that date.