Renata Tweedy, coordinator, speaks during a recent Shelburne Town Council meeting.
By Amy Woolvett
One year and 400 trips later, Shelburne County’s Sou’West Transit continues to take people where they need to go.
The ever growing public transportation group celebrated its one year anniversary recently and Renata Tweedy, coordinator for the service says she couldn’t be more thrilled.
“We have hit a good model for this area,” said Tweedy.
Currently the program offers rides for people in Shelburne County to anywhere in Nova Scotia, with one-on-one ride programs its focus.
The program currently has a great group of volunteers but with the service becoming busier all the time, event more, especially in the Barrington area is needed. The more volunteers they have the more people they can help, said Tweedy.
“The most encouraging feedback I’ve gotten is how much the volunteers love doing this,” she said. “They feel they get a chance to get out and meet new people.”
Volunteers receive 42 cents per kilometre plus parking and if needed meals reimbursed.
She has also had great positive feedback from clients.
“Some people have said this service has been a real life saver for them,” said Tweedy.
There are so many in the county with no means for a drive to get to where they need to go.
Around half the trips used so far were for medical appointments and others were used for legal appointments, errands, education, job interviews, social trips and recreation.
There have been 23 bus charter trips since they were licensed, acting as a resource for local community groups as well.
The group has been well recognized and is now supported by all five municipal units in Shelburne County.
“It’s been fantastic to see their support,” she said.
The Sou’West Nova Transit Association is a registered charity that provides door-to-door, accessible, low-cost transportation options to people in Shelburne County.
Specifically including seniors and those facing economic, medical or mobility challenges but anyone who needs it is also welcome.
Their service includes a 14-passenger wheelchair accessible bus and volunteer drivers using their own vehicles.
New to the Municipality of Barrington and Municipality of Shelburne clients, augmenting the recent grant awarded by the two units, fares are reduced by 50 percent to anyone over 50 years of age.
Subsidized travel costs, up to 100 percent, are available to qualifying applicants.
Clients wanting a ride can call 902-637-2572 or email email@example.com at least one full business day in advance.