Further to the notion of Charlottetown getting a usable public transit system, I was thinking about what type of service I could live with.
Here are some thoughts:
-I live in Winsloe. It currently takes me 15-20 minutes to drive (to the downtown waterfront) to work in the morning. I leave my home at 8:40 to get to work for 9. I would be willing to catch a bus at 8am and be content with whatever time I actually got to work (as long as it was before 9). If the schedule forced me to take anything earlier than an 8am pickup and I would say the schedule is not going to work.
-If I missed the 8am (or whatever time it ended up being) pickup in Winsloe, I would expect the next bus to arrive at my stop within a half hour. I wouldn’t expect the ‘every half hour’ schedule to continue in Winsloe throughout the day. I would expect, after morning rush, that a ‘once an hour’ schedule would suffice throughout the day, until evening rush.
-I finish work, on the waterfront in downtown Charlottetown at 5pm. I would expect "the Winsloe Bus" to be at my downtown pickup spot by no later than 5:20. I would hope to be home by 6pm, but would accept 6:15, probably.
Basically, I’m thinking I’m willing to add an extra 45 minutes each way to my commute.
What about evenings and weekends?
I would expect that public transportation to/from my Winsloe stop would be much more infrequent on weekends and evenings. What would I expect? Perhaps every 2 hours, with the final ‘downtown to Winsloe’ pickup around 11pm, home before midnight?
I would be willing to pay $2 per one-way trip. I would expect there to be a discount for pre-purchasing X number of trips.
What would you be willing to accept?