Car-pool­ing coming our way

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Ma­gog

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Pot­ton Mayor, Jacques Mar­coux, who is the MRC rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Trans­port des Alen­tours, watch­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion given by Fran­cis Gi­rard-Boudreault of Covoiture.ca

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