Brooks and County of Newell partner on specialized transit program

By Charles Lefebvre
March 20, 2018 - 5:00am

BROOKS, AB — The City of Brooks and the County of Newell are partnering up on a specialized transit program in their region.

According to a news release, the City and the County are partnering on a trial run for specialized transit to recreation facilities to run outside of regular hours and to all citizens within the region.

“We are excited to expand our transit service in order to allow more of our citizens the opportunity to visit the wonderful recreation facilities and locations we have within the County of Newell,” said Amanda Peterson, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, in a news release.

Both Brooks and the County of Newell run the specialized transit service, meaning riders who meet the criteria can ride at a subsidized cost. Pre-booked trip to recreation locations within the region will be offered for $4 per one-way trip, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and no specific requirement to ride will be required.

Municipalities in the region received a $130,000 grant in 2014 from Alberta Municipal Affairs to complete a Strategic Regional Transportation Plan and implement the recommendations in the plan. While the plan was completed, $57,000 was remaining.

The service will run from the beginning of April to September 3. Pick up locations, schedules and the recreation locations to be visited will be announced at a later date.

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