In­go­nish pi­lots taxi ser­vice

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

In­go­nish Ingo Cab owner/ driver Frank Whitty has room for seven in is Dodge Car­a­van taxi and is ready to drive area res­i­dents where they need to go.

Whitty drove for Ingo Cab for two years be­fore tak­ing over the busi­ness in Spring 2017. He is now part of a pi­lot pro­ject ini­ti­ated by District #6 Coun­cil­lor Larry Dauphi­nee that will gather data on trans­porta­tion needs of area res­i­dents. Dauphi­nee has been gath­er­ing anec­do­tal data for some time now dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion with se­niors.

“I want num­bers. A lot of peo­ple say they need it, but will peo­ple use it? So, I said let’s do a test pi­lot and see how many peo­ple use it, the rea­son they use it, and that will give us more data mov­ing for­ward to ap­proach the prov­ince or the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to find more money on a longer-term ba­sis.”

Dauphi­nee has put aside a $1000 from his district bud­get to fund the pi­lot which launched Oct 30.

“That isn’t go­ing to take us long to go through. Our bud­gets aren’t very ex­ten­sive. If I can scrounge more out of the bud­get, I will. I’m hop­ing it lasts for a lit­tle while, but the main thing is to get some stats to know how to move for­ward.”

The pri­mary in­ten­tion of the pi­lot is to pro­vide pa­trons with rides to med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

“Right now, what I’m say­ing is if you have a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment in Syd­ney or In­ver­ness, we’ll al­low that. But that will re­ally kill our bud­get quickly if we have peo­ple go­ing to Syd­ney. But again, if it’s to Neil’s Har­bour for med­i­cal ap­point­ments, we’ll go to where we have to be. I don’t think we can af­ford go­ing to Hal­i­fax right now, but maybe down the road.”

Whitty says a round trip to Syd­ney runs $180.

The pi­lot pro­ject also wel­comes calls from peo­ple look­ing for a lift to so­cial events in the In­go­nish area.

“We’re not go­ing to turn any­body away. If there’s some­one out there that’s in need, we’re go­ing to be flex­i­ble,” said Dauphi­nee.

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