Council Cabs transports its thousandth passenger
  • Thursday 26 August 2010

Sunshine Coast Council’s new transport service, Council Cabs, especially tailored for residents with disabilities and those aged older than 60, has officially transported its 1000th passenger.

The popular service, launched in June, picks up residents from their homes and drops them off at local service centres for shopping, banking, medical appointments and library visits.

Council is providing the subsidised scheme, with funding from the Transport Levy, for an affordable fixed fare of $2 (each way) per trip.

Integrated Transport Systems Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said the service has proven to be effective in providing an affordable, safe, reliable and accessible service to people who may otherwise be isolated in the community.

“This new service not only provides people with limited mobility more transport options, but it is designed to ease the isolation that can result from being stuck at home,” Cr Griffin said.

“Passengers meet other passengers on the regular runs and this is assisting them socialising by, for example, having a coffee together after they have done their shopping.

“Mr and Mrs Marshall from Eumundi, have been successfully using the service to enjoy their shopping and social coffees – I congratulate them on helping Council Cabs reach the milestone of 1000 passengers.”

As a reward, Mr and Mrs Marshall will be presented with an award at the Nambour Council Chambers this Thursday (26 August) at 1 pm.

The Council Cabs service is available once a week to eligible residents in most areas of the Sunshine Coast. Carers and children of eligible passengers will also be able to use the service.

Call 1300 139 433 to book or (07) 5475 7272 for enquiries, including eligibility criteria.