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New service to help residents get around

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

Manager Sue Johnstone with Greg Reghenzani of Yellow Taxis in front of the bus for a pick-up service. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs Manager Sue Johnstone with Greg Reghenzani of Yellow Taxis in front of the bus for a pick-up service. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs

A new after-hours transport service designed to help disadvantaged residents access the city’s major facilities outside of regular transport hours will begin in Broken Hill today.

The Broken Hill After Hours Transport Service (BHAHTS), run through Far West HACC Community Transport, will allow residents to catch a Yellow Taxi mini bus from designated pick up points to their residential address only.

Cost is $2 per trip/per person which clients are to pay to the driver.

Manager Sue Johnstone said the service helped clients that were disadvantaged on weeknights.

“It’s a program designed to ensure clients are able to get home safely to their residential address,” she said.

“It will allow users to access local facilities and know they have safe and reliable transport home.”

From Monday to Saturday, the service will make stops at the taxi rank at the Regional Aquatic Centre, Chloride Street in front of the YMCA, the BH Village at the rank near Cheap as Chips and Centro at the loading zone in front of Thrifty Eyewear.

There will also be extra services from the city’s two shopping centres to cater for late night shopping.

Due to space restrictions, users will be limited to a maximum of four shopping bags.

A booking based service will be available on Sundays that will pick up residents from their homes and take them to designated locations including church services, the cemetery, hospital and aged care facilities and community events.

To organise a Sunday trip, bookings must be made to Far West HACC Services Office before 2pm on Fridays.

The program is funded through Transport NSW and will run for an initial period of 12 months.

For more information or to book, contact (08) 8087 4284 or call into our office located at 475 Argent Street.

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