SUMMERSIDE – The city needs to do a better job publicizing the public transit service available in Summerside, says Councillor Jeff Sullivan.
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Trius Transit driver Chris Melanson drove the first official route in Summerside’s new public transportation system. Although he only picked up about a dozen passengers – some who rode for free – the Summerside native says residents will get used to the service.
”A few days ago, I received an email from a resident indicating that, for the very first time, they had taken the bus from Prince County Hospital to their home in the downtown area,” he said. “The person was very happy with the service. They expressed almost surprise at how much they enjoyed the service, but also , perhaps, were sending a message to us that we, as a city, could be doing more to promote this.”
Sullivan said after receiving the email he checked the city’s website for information on the public transit service and found it lacking.
“I went on the city’s website to look for the link and noted at the very, very bottom of the page, in very small print on the external links, the very last item is a link to the transit service,” he said. “Perhaps, we can put our heads together, all of us including the directors, and think of ways to highlight this a little more.”
Sullivan said the service is not only important to residents but to the image of Summerside as a city.
“This does make us more of a city to have a public transit service and it is important to a lot of people,” the councillor said. “In the days and weeks ahead, we can, perhaps, raise the profile of the Summerside transit service.”