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Crowsnest Cruisers bus

Crowsnest Cruisers hit the road

Seniors and others with mobility issues need affordable and assisted transportation to get to and from medical appointments, social services, shopping, and social events. Accessing these services is essential for day-to-day living and for personal well-being.

A new travel option is now provided by Crowsnest Cruisers.

“A simple trip across town or to Pincher Creek or Lethbridge can be a challenge for seniors requiring physical assistance and can quickly become prohibitively expensive,” says Pauline Desjardins, who co-chairs the non-profit Crowsnest Cruisers project.

She and a small group of community members have been developing the program since last year, with help from the Peaks to Pines Residents Association in Coleman.

Crowsnest Cruisers provides suitable and affordable transportation to make it easier for seniors to access health-care and other services, to remain independent longer, to meet with family and friends, and to attend more social events.

 

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“Crowsnest Cruisers uses a bus and a van to help those seniors access services in ways that most of us take for granted,” says Pauline.

Trips within the municipality of Crowsnest Pass are offered in a wheelchair-accessible van that seats four including a wheelchair.

The van is receiving final touches and is anticipated to be on the road by mid-April.

Local trips are available between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Passengers using the local service will be picked up at their door and transported to their destination.

 

Marie Swann

Marie Swann wears many hats for the Crowsnest Cruisers, including booking appointments and driving the bus.

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A 13-seat bus with a wheelchair ramp is available for monthly trips to Pincher Creek and Lethbridge. The next scheduled trips to Pincher Creek are April 10 and May 8, while Lethbridge runs will be April 18 and May 16.

The group anticipates the number of Pincher Creek trips will increase as more people become aware of the service.

Transportation rates are reasonable. When travelling locally, a one-way trip is $5 and a return trip is $10. Stops along the way are $1 each. Return trips from Crowsnest Pass to Pincher Creek are $25 and $75 to Lethbridge.

The Cruisers wheels are on the ground thanks to financial assistance from Healthy Aging Alberta and Calgary United Way.

Transportation co-ordinator Marie Swann registers those wishing to use the service, schedules trips and books seats, liaises with local senior services and drives the van for local trips.

She is a longtime Crowsnest Pass resident with many years of driving experience and says she’s excited to be working on such a worthwhile project from the ground up.

To register with Crowsnest Cruisers, call 403-583-5598. Medical appointments will take priority when bookings are scheduled.

 

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