- Saturday 24 April 2010
Sunshine Coast Council has announced a new transport service, called Council Cabs, especially tailored for residents with disabilities and those aged older than 60.
Suncoast Cabs has won a tender to provide the new service, which will pick up residents from their homes and drop them off at local service centres for shopping, banking, medical appointments and library visits.
Council is providing the subsidised scheme, with funding from the Public Transport Levy, for a fixed fare of $2 (each way) per trip.
Integrated Transport Systems Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said the service was affordable, safe, reliable and accessible to people who may otherwise be isolated in the community.
“This new service will not only give people with limited mobility more transport options, but it will ease the isolation that can result from being stuck at home,” she said.
“Passengers will meet other passengers on the regular runs and I am hoping this will lead to them socialising by, for example, having a coffee together after they have done their shopping.”
The service, which kicks off on Tuesday 4 May, will be available once a week for eligible residents in most areas of the Sunshine Coast. Carers and children of passengers will also be able to use the service.
While council will fund and assess the Council Cabs service, Suncoast Cabs will take bookings and advise passengers of pick-up time, plan transport routes and offer reasonable assistance for passengers boarding and alighting the vehicle. Vehicles are fitted for wheelchair access.
Cr Griffin said Council Cabs was another example of the Public Transport Levy providing new and innovative transport options, based on models that had worked elsewhere – in this case, a similar service with the same name that runs on the Gold Coast.