Community transportation services are provided to seniors and disabled individuals residing within the boundaries of Athabasca County, Town of Athabasca and Village of Boyle. The service is overseen by the Community Transportation Committee, with the finances and vehicle maintenance being administered by Athabasca County staff.
Each of the participating municipalities (Athabasca County, The Town of Athabasca and the Village of Boyle) contributes towards the financial operation of the community transportation service as agreed upon annually by the municipal councils. Financially the service operates on a break-even basis, with no operational or capital deficits unless approved in advance by all three partners.
Area of Operation
The service may be provided to assist any disabled citizen or citizen over the age of 60 who resides within the boundaries of the Athabasca County, the Town of Athabasca or the Village of Boyle.
Trips will only originate from within the County, although destination points outside the County will be considered.
There are two wheelchair accessible vehicles utilized to deliver the service; a 12 passenger/2 wheelchair Handi-Bus and a 10 passenger Handi-Van ( 7 passenger/1 wheelchair).
$12 (If Ambulatory)
3 Passengers or more:
* A trip within the County is defined as a trip where the drop-off time to the pick-up time does not exceed 90 minutes and further there would be no distinction between the vehicles. Trips exceeding 90 minutes will be charged double the fee.
Westlock – $100/trip
Edmonton and area – $125/trip
Ft. McMurray – $225/trip
Buses are not available for Active Care Patients (e.g., Hospital Transfers). A surcharge will be levied at the discretion of the driver & coordinator for waiting time over 2 hours.
A surcharge will be levied if extra help of the Community Transportation driver is required for the duration of the trip in order to access medical services.
DAY OR SOCIAL TRIPS BEYOND COUNTY BOUNDARIES
Charges will be the higher dollar value of:
- $50.00/trip minimum
- 5 passenger minimum
- plus meals & accommodations for the driver
- Minimum 4 hours $12/hour
- Over 10 hours per day $100 flat rate applies
Service Organizations or any Organized Group
- $13/hour (or)
- $150 Flat Rate
- Meals & accommodation for the driver
PARTY SHUTTLE SERVICE
- Where mileage is minimal.
A cancellation fee of $25/trip is charged if less than one day notice is provided. (at the discretion of Community Transportation Coordinator).
Community Use of Handi-Van
The Community Transportation Committee deems it reasonable to provide the larger handi-bus for use by community groups when it is not booked for use by seniors or the
disabled. The Committee has agreed to authorize such use with the understanding that fees must reflect the actual cost of operating the vehicle, excluding capital replacement costs.
Community groups and sports teams may book the bus 14 days prior to the proposed date of use. The bus may only be used if no prior booking by a seniors or disabled group
The bus will only be made available if the County Manager or his designate authorizes a suitable driver for the trip.
The booking group shall be responsible to pay all costs for accommodation, meals and appropriate hourly rates paid to the driver.
Fees for the use of the vehicle shall be as follows:
$0.54 per kilometer
payment of all driver wages and expenses (driver to be approved by Community Transportation Coordinator)
Driver wages rate to be paid as follows:
- hourly rate as approved by the Community Transportation Committee.
- minimum 4 hour charge out.
- any single day over 10 hours to be paid at a flat rate of $150/day.
This procedure shall be contingent upon the availability of the bus and driver, and incurs no obligation to the Community Transportation Committee to provide such service.
Methods of Payment
Pay the Driver
When scheduling your trip, you can confirm with our office that you will be paying the driver. We accept cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to: Athabasca County
When your booking is made you can set up an account for the trips made during the month. A monthly invoice will be sent to you itemizing the trips made and the fees owing.