New passenger bus service unveiled in Bay St. George South

Elaine Wells
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A new transportation service, called “Ride for Ages,” has been introduced to the Bay St. George South region.

A 20 to 24-passenger bus with wheelchair accessibility has been purchased by the Bay St. George South Area Development Association under a government-funded pilot project – one of five approved in the province.

The aim of the project is to provide transportation services to local residents for such things as medical appointments, banking, shopping and social activities.

The bus was unveiled at a public meeting on March 9. Monica McGrath hosted the event and gave an overview of the plans associated with this new service.

She said the transportation system will be available to people 55 years and older, as well as disabled people.

However, Ms. McGrath noted they have a government provision stating that if the bus is not fully booked, they are able to accommodate people between the ages of 18 and 55.

Fees are currently set at $20 per round trip for individual passengers. In the case of a person travelling with a support worker, an additional $10 will be charged.

Service will begin on March 18, with two scheduled runs per week from pick-up points in the region to Stephenville.

The pick up points are set as follows: T.N.T./Pirates Hideaway at the Heatherton/Robinsons intersection; the area development office in McKays; and Station Grocery in St. Fintans. Passengers using wheel chairs will be picked up at their place of residence.

Ms. McGrath stated that these points of pick up may be altered or increased as the system gets underway and the group gets a better sense of need and or convenience of travellers.

The group also has plans to increase the runs if the demand arises – and future trips are planned to Corner Brook as well as special trips to different events or festivals around the region.

Discussion has also taken place regarding other institutes or service groups having access to charter the bus for outings.

Robert Morris of Robinsons has been hired as the bus driver, but the group is actively seeking volunteers who would be willing to join a working group or act as attendants on the scheduled runs to assist the driver or passengers as needed.

Anyone wishing to avail of this new service or to volunteer must contact the office clerk, Kara Gale, at 645-2883 to book a ride. Ms. Gale is available to answer any questions or concerns related to this service.

Ms. McGrath said that the bus is the full responsibility of the Bay St. George South Area Development Association, and acknowledged the owners of Crosswinds Seniors Resort in Robinsons for offering parking facilities for the bus in a well-lit area with security camera coverage and 24-hour supervision by staff. 

Organizations: Station Grocery, Crosswinds Seniors Resort

Geographic location: Robinsons, Stephenville, McKays Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • MD B
    March 21, 2014 - 12:43

    This sounds wonderful, for it appears this service is long overdue, and I hope the providers realize those in wheelchairs, aged or medically fragile, often need a travel companion to accompany them, and may wish for a familiar friend or family member. Now if the outdated west coast bus service that ceremoniously dumps passengers off on the side of the highway at a gas station, who are wishing to travel to Deer Lake Airport would improve; and actually make a stop right at the airport, Nfld may actually be catching up to the rest of Canada.

  • June
    March 21, 2014 - 11:22

    It's Great to see this, a very much needed service in the area, Hope it works out well for everyone..Progress is nice to see .