Car-pooling coming our way
With the help of a $24,000 grant from the Memphremagog MRC and partners, Transport des Alentours, the collective transport agency, is now able to offer car-pooling in the region through the services of Covoiturage.ca, a private enterprise who offers the tools to make the system easy to use.
You want to know what you can charge your fellow share riders? How much CO2 the world will be spared? And more important, is there a ride that I can hop in? It’s all at their bilingual site, memphre. carpoolingnetwork.ca .
It’s easy to register and confidential, so if you need a ride or want to offer one in the region, this new service can help you.
When the Stanstead Journal asked about the impact on existing taxi services, we got the usual run around that the press gets when it doesn’t get onboard with the latest and greatest. It seems like
Transport des Alentours has not given much thought to the problem. With most rural taxi services in the province facing hard times, the impact of a low cost service may not help them. But then again, the recently installed Transport
des Alentours service from Stanstead to Magog hasn’t had any riders, as Mrs. Ann Beaulé of Transport des
Alentours admitted. The MRC prefect told the Stanstead Journal that the results of a study on public transport should be made available in late February or early March. Jacques Demers, who is the mayor of Sainte Catherine de Hatley and who hails from Stanstead East, is well aware that something will have to be done to provide reliable public transport in the MRC.
Potton Mayor, Jacques Marcoux, who is the MRC representative at Transport des Alentours, watching the presentation given by Francis Girard-Boudreault of Covoiture.ca