Microtransit in microcommunities: A community bus feasibility study for Quadra Island using success indicators from the Gulf Islands

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2020-04
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Amador, Ericka
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The community of Quadra Island, located off the east coast of Vancouver Island, does not have a public transportation option available to all. Several other island communities, including some in the Southern Gulf Islands and Gabriola Island operate community buses often run by volunteer administrators and drivers and funded by donations and grants to fill what is considered a transportation gap. To determine whether a community bus may be suitable for Quadra Island, a feasibility study was conducted which included a public survey and interviews with residents of the community and neighbouring Cortes Island. A recommendation to pursue service for five trips daily to serve major destinations is made as well as for next steps regarding engagement, governance, and implementation. Though indicators of success for rural transit may be unique for these remote islands, the indicator most likely to define success is system preservation in the form of secure funding and administration.
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