LINDA RIPLEY, GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Excellent news! On Sept. 8 the Fort Macleod Handibus Society took possession of its new bus.
The “Promaster 3500” is smaller, extra gas environment friendly and boasts a a lot smoother experience.
Moveable seats and adjustable restraints present capability for one wheel chair and 7 ambulatory passengers or two wheel chairs and 6 ambulatory passengers.
Buy of the brand new bus was made potential by a beneficiant donation from the Cuppen household in honour of their mom Jean (Cuppen) Sinclair.
A Group Initiatives Program capital grant together with municipal funding and ongoing help from group organizations and people introduced the dream to fruition.
Thirty-five years in the past, a bunch of devoted and modern residents established handibus service in Fort Macleod.
Ever since, seniors, handicapped and briefly handicapped people have trusted this service to offer secure, dependable and inexpensive transportation.
Patrons are in a position to preserve their independence whereas accessing medical, dental and enterprise appointments, attending college and work, purchasing and having fun with leisure actions.
Attributable to insurance coverage constraints, “curb to curb” service is offered. If a consumer requires help to get from their residence to the bus, or from the bus to their vacation spot an assistant can accompany the patron freed from cost.
Handibus hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday by Friday.
Fare schedule is as follows:
• Single experience (a method) $4.25.
• Go entitling the holder to 10 rides $40.
• Month-to-month cross entitling the holder to limitless rides $125.
When potential, shoppers are inspired to e-book journeys upfront.
The bus operates inside Fort Macleod city limits. Preparations may be made for outings past city limits on weekends or within the night relying on driver availability.
Offering service by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an ongoing problem for the handibus society.
With the relaxations of well being restrictions, there is no such thing as a longer a two passenger restrict on the bus.
Flu season is looming and COVID-19 infections stay prevalent, subsequently patrons are requested to put on a masks when using the bus — to guard themselves and people round them. Masks are offered for passengers who don’t carry their very own.
The handibus society is optimistic that the brand new bus will match the wants of Fort Macleod residents for a few years to come back.
The handibus society is grateful to the Cuppen household for his or her beneficiant help.
Monetary help from provincial and municipal ranges of presidency together with benevolent group organizations and people are important to the continued operation of this valued service.
Due to all who assist to maintain the wheels on the bus going “spherical and spherical.”
Phyllis-Anne Grant was the primary passenger on Fort Macleod Handibus Society’s new bus.