Re­nou­veau Sher­brookois prom­ises tran­sit over­haul

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gor­don Lam­bie

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.”

(COUR­TESY)

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.

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