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‘Toonie transit’ extends to 2 ways in western P.E.I.


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘Ultimately, we like to get away from the car culture here on P.E.I.’
  • The region started a rural transit pilot project with T3 Transit in eastern P.E.I. the previous fall and is now extending to western P.E.I.

P.E.I.’s rural public transit system will grow in a few weeks, with two new ways traveling to and from the western area of the region with rides “more affordable than a cup of coffee,” says Minister of Transportation James Aylward.

Rural roads with fares charged at $2 per trip were founded in eastern P.E.I. in October 2021 as a first measure toward making an Island-wide public transit system. In central P.E.I., Souris and Georgetown to the east and Charlottetown act as endpoints for the routes.

“Having dependable public transit for all Islanders has overall benefits, including lowering our carbon footprint and decreasing transportation obstacles for people in rural Prince Edward Island,” Aylward said in the legislature Friday as he declared the new western routes.

“We will continue to look at ways to secure more communities to public transportation choices by adding more roads and partnering with regional municipalities and organizations to reduce the need for personal car use.”

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P.E.I.’s rural public transit system will grow in a few weeks

‘Get out from the car culture.’

One new way will take Islanders twice every day between Tignish and Charlottetown, with stops along the way in Summerside, Borden-Carleton, and south shore communities. The other way will work in the western part, spreading among residents and heading to Summerside at noon.

The region has employed new drivers and is now teaching them. Precise routes and schedules will be available online in the coming weeks.

Alyward said the previous fall’s pilot scheme in eastern P.E.I. has been a hit.

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