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Thursday, April 7, 2016

MOVIN GB Launched

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

Pilot Project co-ordinates rural transportation for people with disabilities, seniors.

A one year pilot project called MOVIN'GB, is now underway in Grey County, which aims to co-ordinate rural transportation for seniors and those with disabilities.

Queen's Park has provided $100,000 for the project.

Director of Social Services, Barb Fedy, says Grey County and Home and Community Support Services Grey Bruce (HCSS) are teaming up to find affordable transit for those in need in the area.

HCSS is already involved in offering transit to some residents and Fedy says the collaboration will enhance that service.

Fedy says she is excited to rollout the first phase of the pilot project in the county's most under-served areas.

Initially the focus will be on areas in Owen Sound and the municipalities of Meaford, Town of the Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands.

Seniors and people with disabilities can call 1-888-660-6048 to arrange a ride.

The call centre is open from 8:30 AM to 4 PM Monday to Friday.

The cost for a ride is $10 for round trips under 20 kilometres..

Trips more than 20 km have a flat rate applied of $0.45 per km.

If the pilot program is successful there are future plans to extend the service to include other areas of Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula.

Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot says MOVIN'GB will help breakdown those barriers by helping seniors and people living with disabilities reach the places they need to go.



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