Para-transit service to be run by Selkirk Transit Authority
On September 28th, Selkirk council approved a contract with the Selkirk Transit Authority that will see the award winning, not-for-profit organization run Selkirk Mobility, a para-transit service in the city.
The city has purchased two previously used buses and refurbished them. Selkirk Mobility will begin operating on Oct. 14.
Selkirk CAO Duane Nicol said the city receives a mobility grant from the province that it will use to contract the Transit Authority to deliver the new bus service.
“Selkirk is dedicated to ensuring that accessible transit services are available in our community. We are an inclusive community and this service ensures that people living with disabilities and seniors who require a bit more support have access to affordable and quality transportation.” Nicol said.
The city’s strategic plan makes providing safe and sustainable infrastructure through smooth operation of transportation systems a priority and the creation of Selkirk Mobility aligns with that priority.
Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson said Selkirk Mobility is a great addition to the city’s transit services, and he’s excited to provide another great service for the people of Selkirk.
“Our citizens come first, they always have and they always will with this council and this administration,” Johannson said.
“I think this shows again the commitment that we have to all our citizens and we’re going to make sure this is done right.”
Selkirk Transit Authority Chairman Denis Fitzpatrick said they have a proven track record for running the city’s transit service and Selkirk Mobility will be run the same successful way, giving the citizens of Selkirk a much-needed service.
“I am really excited about our new endeavour. It’ll be efficient and reliable and will have a very good governance structure through the Selkirk Transit Authority board,” Fitzpatrick said.
“We’re utilizing the same executive structure for both transit and the new Selkirk Mobility, it’ll make delivering the service a lot easier and we’ll be more efficient.”
Charlene Dunning, Transit Supervisor for Selkirk Transit Authority, said Selkirk Mobility will provide supportive transportation services from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The service is available within Selkirk city limits, but transportation to locations outside the City of Selkirk can be made through Selkirk Mobility’s charter service.
“If a Selkirk resident does need to go outside the city limits, then we absolutely can,” Dunning said.
Service fees are $9 each way. Prices for charter service varies, depending on how far the bus will be travelling.
Selkirk Mobility must be booked 24-hours in advance.
The number to call to reserve Selkirk Mobility is 204-482-1234.