Residents of Beaver County have some options when it comes to community transportation.
Town of Tofield
Town of Tofield / Handivan Society
For those in the Tofield area, the Handivan Society rents an 18-passenger bus with wheelchair accessibility for up to four people. The bus is available for year-round bookings, at a maximum span of four consecutive days at a time.
Out of town trips (no lift): $0.60 per kilometre, minimum of $30
Out of town trips (with lift): $0.60 per kilometre, no minimum charge
In town trips: $10 for the first hour, plus $4 for each additional hour, minimum charge of $20
The driver fees are $15 per hour. It is the renter's responsibility to hire and pay the driver. To book the bus, contact the Town of Tofield at (780) 662-3269. More info.
Town of Viking
Town of Viking/Kinsella Area Handi-Van Society
Residents in the Viking and Kinsella area can obtain service of the Viking Handi-Van. The bus seats 12 people, plus has room for 3 wheelchairs.
The current rate is; $50 booking fee, $1.00 per kilometre, plus $40 per hour, which includes the driver.
A shuttle service for seniors and residents with disabilities in Viking runs one day per week at a rate of $5 per person. This shuttle service also includes transportation to and from Kinsella. For more information contact Kerri Davis (780) 385-1757.
Battle River School Division
Across the County, school buses from the Battle River School Division can also be rented out by non-profit groups for transporting between 32 and 48 people.
Currently, the fee is $.97 per kilometre and groups must pay the driver (approximately $16.95 per hour for driving and waiting time). They must also carry their own liability insurance for the event they are partaking in at the destination (BRSD has its own insurance re: collisions).
There are no additional charges related to insurance as the kilometreage charge includes these costs. Groups are encouraged to carry their own liability insurance to cover the activity they are partaking in at the destination.
Plus, if there are any out-of-pocket expenses that the driver incurs such as parking and park passes, they will be passed along to the group.
To book a bus, contact the BRSD Transportation Shop at (780) 679-5027 or 1-800-262-4869 who will supply a list of approved drivers to choose from. Then, a charter permit must be obtained from Karen Howard, Assistant Director of Transportation at the same number above.