Stephenville interested in seniors’ transportation initiative
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.