The long-awaited new addition to the Battlefords Handi-Bus fleet has arrived.
Bus #61 was unveiled Friday morning, Oct 11, at the CUplex at a media event organized by city officials. On hand for the event were City of North Battleford Mayor Ryan Bater and Councillor Greg Lightfoot, Town of Battleford Mayor Ames Leslie and Councillor Gordon Yarde, Battlefords MLA Herb Cox, Transit Manager Paul Robertson, Transit board member Debbie Logan, and individuals from Battlefords Trade & Education Centre and Handi-Bus riders.
According to a news release from the city, the new bus “will ensure safe and reliable transportation that is vital to improving the quality of life of those with mobility issues.” The province provided $55,000 in funding through the Transit Assistance for People with Disabilities (TAPD), with the city and town providing $38,500 and $16,500, with funding approved by both municipal governments earlier this year. The Kinsmen Foundation through Telemiracle provided an additional $10,000.