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Demand Responsive Transport - Good 2 Go

Cork City Council held a very successful and highly productive Conference, launched by Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Pat the Cope Gallagher, recently in the Clarion Hotel to discuss Demand Responsive Transport Services (DRTS). The Conference took place on 8th and 9th February 2007.

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Roger Flack, Cork Chamber of Commerce, Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Ahern, Dan Buggy, Assistant City Manager, Roads and Transportation

 

The City Council Traffic Division hosted the conference as part of its involvement with the Mascara Project - an EU funded project to examine the potential of DRTS and how they can be built into regional transport strategies. Indeed the City Council are currently finalising a Feasibility Study on whether the service should be introduced to Cork City, and in particular into the north-west areas like Blarney St, Knocknaheeny, Gurranabraher, and Farranree where existing bus services do not meet all the the needs of the residents.

DRTS is a flexible shared transport system providing a service that lies between ordinary buses and taxis. The service usually operates with small size buses on flexible routes and schedules.

Delegates and speakers at the Conference came together from all corners of Europe and Ireland to discuss operational and technical issues and included interactive workshops. The focus was on problem-solving and knowledge exchange with a view to moving DRT to a higher level.

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Mascara Partners and Conference speakers

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