Renouveau Sherbrookois promises transit overhaul
Renouveau Sherbrookois, the municipal political party of current mayor Bernard Sévigny, announced a commitment on Tuesday morning to overhauling the city’s municipal bus system in favour of “smart transport” that will better serve populations in outlying areas of Sherbrooke.
“It is clear that we have reached the limit of the model of public transit that we have used for decades,” Sévigny said, arguing that the city needs to start “thinking outside the box,” when it comes to the bus system. The party leader called the improvement of public transit in the city a long-time preoccupation for Renouveau Sherbrookois that is now prime for action due to recent investments in the digital infrastructure of the Sherbrooke Transportation Society (STS).
“People are tired of seeing big busses speeding through neighbourhoods on the edge of town,” said Bruno Vachon, Renouveau Sherbrookois Candidate and President of the STS. “What we are committing to do is the introduction of transport on demand.”
Vachon explained that a wide range of possible options that exist in different parts of the world when it comes to implementing the kind of system that his party is talking about, and that it will take some study to determine what would work best for Sherbrooke. Essentially, however, he described a system in which people use the system’s existing mobile application to indicate where and when they would like to take a bus so that the STS can assign the right size and type of bus to the area. He clarified that this would not be a “door to door” service, continuing to rely on pre-set routes and schedules, but that the more personalized set-up will allow more efficient service over a wider area of the city.
“It will take courage to do this, because it involves changing the system we use now,” the STS President said, “but the big change is philosophical, the technology is here already.”
From left to right,: Claude Leblanc, Head of the Estrie Crime Stoppers defibrillator program, Luc Fortin, Pierre Rhéaume, Grand Knight of K of C Council 530, and emergency physician Dr. Pierre Guérette with the new instrument.