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On-Demand system to be piloted by Lethbridge Transit

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There are some big changes coming to Lethbridge Transit.

City Council this week approved piloting a new Transit-On-Demand system which combines more direct routes.

The changes are based on a recent city-wide operational review conducted by KPMG, which aims to increase ridership, reduce costs, and make the most efficient use of bus resources.

Along with the Transit-On-Demand system in all areas east of the Oldman River, Council also approved the development of City Link, which is a fast and efficient bus routing system.

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Transit-On-Demand will allow for service in areas where fixed transit routes are not financially viable. Using technology to book rides, On-Demand hopes to increase ridership, expand service area coverage and build in flexibility to create efficiencies.

Transit Operations Manager, Scott Grieco says with this system they’ll be able to provide simple, straight conventional routes in the right areas at the right times while giving customers flexibility for bookings trips using on-demand technology. “That’s what Transit-On-Demand and City Link aim to achieve. We will be able to provide simple, straight conventional routes in the right areas at the right times while giving customers flexibility for trip bookings using on demand technology.”

The City of Lethbridge Transit Master Plan in 2017 identified bus service needed to move from a coverage model to more of a ridership model. This would mean straighten routes and having direct connections to areas of employment, schools and amenities.

Implementation of this new system will take up to 12 months to be fully operational.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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