Jan 31, 2007

Travel around Leeds City Centre for free!

Running every few minutes from 6.30am to 7.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, Metro's FreeCityBus links Leeds' rail and bus stations, business and shopping districts, the General Infirmary, Universities and Park Lane College.

The six, 29-seat buses are brightly and clearly marked 'FreeCityBus', with a logo on the roof so people can also identify them from their office windows. Each vehicle is fully accessible and can carry one wheelchair at any time.

FreeCityBus, was set up after consultation with Leeds Initiative and city centre employers and has proved highly popular since it's introduction in January 2006.

All journeys on the brand new FreeCityBus mini buses are free.

My comment: The above is an article from the UK. After reading it I started to think about what programs do we have in Durham Region to encourage the use of public transit? The only one I can think of is the Ontario Power Generation employees shuttle. The shuttle is a DRT bus chartered by OPG which runs Monday to Friday between Pickering Go station and the nuclear power plant. OPG personal ride free when they show the driver their employee’s pass. You don’t have to work for OPG to use the bus. Anyone may board the bus with a payment of a regular Durham Region Transit fare.

Now the question is does Durham Region have anything that remotely resembles the OPG service? Of course not. If you travel to the Region office building at 605 Rossland Rd. E. Whitby. After you see the nice new headquarters you will notice a muti floor parking garage. It’s interesting to be there in the morning and see the parade of employees coming out of the garage to the office building. After spending millions of $ dollars $ on transit one would think that Region could do more. Perhaps following the example of the Ontario Power Generation would be a good start.

1 comment:

Karem Allen said...

Now that is something I did not know.
Durham is so spread out that I could never see something like TTC but hopefully VIVA style but you are right that the Region should be promoting transit with incentives to it's employees who work regular hours. However the council meetings are midday are they not? so that is off peak time. :)