SAINT JOHN – Commuters in Saint John now have an alternate mode of transportation to get into the City thanks to Parcobus, the new In-City Park & Ride system. Jack Kier, Minister of Energy, Province of New Brunswick, Saint John Mayor Ivan Court and Chris Titus, Chairman of the Saint John Transit and Parking Commissions unveiled the system in Lorneville today.
“Saint John Transit and the Saint John Parking Commission have demonstrated their ability to provide alternatives for commuters in Saint John and area,” said Jack Kier, Minister of Energy. “The province is pleased to partner with them.”
Funding for the project in the amount of $288 500 was received from the Province of New Brunswick through the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012. The plan provides a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 1.2 million tonnes (Mt) CO2e from transportation related activities.
The Department of Environment provided the funding to develop four Park & Ride lots and a connecting hub (McAllister Mall) within the City limits of Saint John. The lots provide sites for commuters to park and take the bus or meet to ride share.
The intent is that by building these park &ride lots, people who otherwise would have taken their car into Saint John take public transit instead or, alternatively, use the lots as a meeting point for ride sharing. The Transit and Parking Commissions believe there will be sufficient demand for these additional transit services based on current COMEX success in outlying areas. COMEX is the regional park & ride program that was started in September 2007. By the end of 2009 it had grown 98 percent in ridership, with approximately 300 people riding COMEX busses every day.
“We are making every effort to provide alternatives to the one vehicle /one car method of commuting,” said Chris Titus. “We’ve had great feedback and participation through COMEX.”
The Parcobus lots are located as follows:
Golden Grove Parking Lot 2 Hillcrest Road
Latimore Lake Parking Lot 615 Latimore Lake Road - Latimore Lake Community Center
Lorneville Parking Lot 10 Stinson Drive – Lorneville Industrial Park
Loch Lommond Parking Lot 4347 Loch Lommond - Road St. Josephs Church
The emission reductions associated with the park & ride lots are estimated at 167 tonnes of CO2e every year.
For more information please contact:
General Manager, Saint John Transit Commission
General Manager, Saint John Parking Commission
Department of Transportation