Stephenville in­ter­ested in se­niors’ trans­porta­tion ini­tia­tive

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - Ran­dom Age-Friendly Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties, the gov­ern­ing board for CREST is de­lighted to hear that other com­mu­ni­ties in our prov­ince are in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing such an in­valu­able ser­vice for se­niors.

The Town of Stephenville heard great things about the Clarenville Re­gion Ex­tended Se­niors’ Trans­porta­tion (CREST) bus and was in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about it.

The town man­ager made a call to Larry Reid, chair of the gov­ern­ing com­mit­tee for CREST. He liked what he heard and was in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing things fur­ther.

Ted Gra­cie, di­rec­tor of mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices for the Town of Stephenville, vis­ited the CREST of­fice and spoke to vol­un­teers on duty that day. Later he met with Reid to get de­tails of how CREST works.

The CREST ser­vice is the only one of its kind in the prov­ince, as it is run solely by vol­un­teers. More than 80 vol­un­teers have been run­ning this unique ser­vice for the past four years.

CREST is a Clarenville and area trans­porta­tion ser­vice for peo­ple who live within a 20 kilo­me­tre ra­dius of the town of Clarenville, are over the age of 60, or over age 25 and use a wheel­chair.

The 16-pas­sen­ger/eight-wheel­chair bus op­er­ates from 8 a.m. to

4 p.m., Mon­day to Fri­day in 12 com­mu­ni­ties — Clarenville, Mil­ton, Ge­orge’s Brook, Harcourt, Ran­dom Heights, El­liott’s Cove, Snook’s Har­bour, Deep Bight, Adey­town, Hil­lview, North West Brook and Queen’s Cove.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to res­i­dents from Mon­day to Fri­day, CREST also pro­vides trans­porta­tion at the re­quest of in­di­vid­u­als and groups on evenings and week­ends.

Gra­cie was pro­vided with a copy of the CREST hand­book, con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion as to how the monthly sched­ules are pre­pared, along with sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion to share with his co-work­ers at the Town of Stephenville.

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