WHY WE DO IT:
Transit here in Peterborough is not easy or convenient to navigate and this leads to difficulty in accessing services and places in the city.
Transit One wants to change this by having transit information you need like bus times, alerts and more all in one place whilst promoting and empowering local business, social services, workplaces, and our gorgeous environment with tools and services.
Why? Because better access to transit results in:
PROMOTES local business and economy
BETTER ACCESS to city services, amenities, care and job opportunities
SAVES MONEY on person transportation costs
REDUCES the carbon footprint
IMPROVES business and personal property values
REDUCES congestion on the roads
These all contribute to improved quality of life overall.
THE GREAT LONG STORY OF THE THEBUS.CA:
Husayn, a young professional, eagerly moved to Peterborough in late 2017 for work. Resourceful as he was and full of great ideas, Husayn made a little app for himself to navigate transit since there was none. Sadly, he was forced to forgo that job due to not understanding transit as well as he thought, his app had failed him, his potential employer did not understand either.
In talking with others, Husayn realised that he was not alone. Some avoided accessing services, some were too late to, some didn't get out much, some couldn't get better jobs, some that could got cars, or moved, or walked or biked or just bit the bullet and rode the bus. It was a common problem in other mini cities that are large enough but don't have the budget to implement technological advances. Sure Peterborough has a great transit system and transit information was available but was it understandable and convenient and laid out for people to "want" to access it versus "need" to access it?
This gave him an idea! After all transit is the life of the party for opportunity, economic growth, well-being, quality of life, the environment! What if there was a way to do this? What if there was a way to spend less time figuring it out and more time enjoying and growing life?
THEBUS.ca became a thing and has evolved from just a bits and pieces Husayn-only app to a new resource. From it TRANSIT ONE was born. It's goal is to research, educate, and build a collection of resources, services and information for local citizens, businesses, social services and such in rural and mini transit municipalities. It will serve to help them reap the benefits local public transit has to offer, and Husayn is starting right here in Peterborough.