Cork City Council, Traffic Division is considering the setting up of an innovative Local Community Bus on Demand in the North-Western sector of Cork City. A feasibility study has been undertaken on setting up this new Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service – as part of the “MASCARA” EU Project.
“Demand Responsive Transport” (DRT) services provide transport “on demand” from passengers using fleets or vehicles scheduled to pick up and drop off people in accordance with their travel needs. DRT is an intermediate form of transport, somewhere between bus and taxi which covers a wide range of transport services ranging from less formal community transport through area-wide service networks.
DRT can provide local mobility, as well as connections to other conventional transport. Many experiences in Ireland and elsewhere prove that DRT services are ideal for low demand zones or areas not accessible by conventional bus / services and can drastically improve the quality of everyday life of users, especially those with mobility impairments.
The project is about implementing a fully accessible minibus/taxi service that would take any passenger on a personalised trip. After booking in advance, passengers could be picked up and dropped off at “meeting points” very close to where their journey starts and ends within the service area. Those who have difficulty walking may be collected and dropped off “door-to-door”.
This new transport service would be primarily a community-oriented service: it aims at addressing all inhabitants of the North-western suburbs of Cork, by serving Blarney Street, Churchfield, Fair Hill, Farranferris, Gurranabraher, Knocknaheeny, Shanakiel, Shandon and Sunday’s Well.
The Local Community Bus on Demand is a positive action aimed at achieving equality of access and participation in society for all individuals and groups. It will support indirectly the social inclusion oriented projects within the North-western suburbs of Cork, mainly covered by the national RAPID programme.
The MASCARA Project began in early 2005 and the final feasibility report will be issued in Autumn 2007. The DRT bus project in Cork was approved by the City Council and a pilot demonstration could be undertaken in the beginning of 2008 – subject to availability of funding.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Traffic Division for any further information on the Local Community Bus on Demand:
Traffic Division, Cork City Council
VHI Buildings, 70 South Mall, Cork
Tel: 021 492 4452