In­go­nish pi­lot taxi ser­vice a suc­cess

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

Vic­tory County Deputy War­den and District #6 Coun­cil­lor Larry Dauphi­nee has dug deeper into his bud­get to sup­port what is turn­ing out to be a suc­cess­ful pi­lot taxi ser­vice in In­go­nish.

Dauphi­nee put aside $1000 from his district bud­get to fund the pi­lot taxi ser­vice which launched Oct. 30 us­ing In­go­nish’s Ingo Cab.

“I’m into my sec­ond thou­sand now,” said Dauphi­nee. “I think I have a lit­tle bit of money left in my bud­get which I'll be putting into it. That will prob­a­bly be the fi­nal amount for now, un­til I get other fund­ing.”

Dauphi­nee says there are 15-20 peo­ple who reg­u­larly use the ser­vice, all of whom are res­i­dents that re­ally need this type of sup­port.

“I'd say the big­gest im­pact has been with ap­point­ments to the doc­tors in Neil's Har­bour. There's also been three or four... maybe five trips to Syd­ney for med­i­cal ap­point­ments.”

Ride-shar­ing has been en­cour­aged to make the most of the fund­ing, and taxi users are happy to oblige. Se­niors have ac­com­pa­nied oth­ers on trips to Syd­ney to get some much-needed shop­ping done.

Lo­cally, the ser­vice has helped riders save money on gro­ceries. They can now travel to a full gro­cery store rather than pay a pre­mium at the con­ve­nience store.

Dauphi­nee has been pool­ing the pos­i­tive feed­back from riders and the local com­mu­nity and will share it with Coun­cil on Jan. 8. The North of Smokey Food Bank As­so­ci­a­tion has al­ready ex­pressed their grat­i­tude for Dauphi­nee’s ini­tia­tive.

“Just wanted to send along a thank you for your part in ini­ti­at­ing the taxi ser­vice pro­gram North of Smokey. Proof that the ser­vice is be­ing uti­lized and is much needed was ev­i­dent to­day when 3 of our food bank clients used the ser­vice to pick up their food ham­pers,” wrote Kim Stock­ley, Sec­re­tary/trea­surer of the North of Smokey Food Bank As­so­ci­a­tion in an email to Daphi­nee.

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