New wheels for seniors in Springdale
The Care 2 Ride program will offer a $4-round-trip anywhere in the area
The town of Springdale with the help of the provincial government is putting the final touches on getting the wheels in motion for a new transportation system in the area.
Care 2 Ride is a pilot project that hopes to drive a little more independence into the lives of seniors living in the area.
Senior residents of the town will soon be able to call the Care 2 Ride dispatch line and a volunteer will give them a ride anywhere in Springdale.
What about the cost?
The cost? $4 for a round trip.
"It's a small fee and it will allow people to be more mobile within the community," said organizer Gloria Sheppard, adding that the transportation service will also increase the seniors' ability to take part in community activities.
Sheppard says the money they collect will go towards paying for the service.
"We did some research and discovered that this model works in other small rural communities," she said.
'We move around a lot'
Area resident Oswald Newbury and his wife have already signed up.
"We move around a lot, and sometimes, we just might need somebody," Oswald said.
The Care 2 Ride pilot project is mostly being paid for by the provincial government.
Within three years, organizers plan to expand the service to surrounding communities.
The first volunteer drivers get behind the wheel of the wheelchair accessible bus on July 7th.