Community News

New Home Transportation Service Seeks Volunteer Drivers for Blackville Area

Photo: GNB / Transport Communautaire Northumberland Community Transportation

Transport Communautaire Northumberland Community Transportation is now offering transportation services in the Region 7 Northumberland County which includes: Neguac, Miramichi, Baie Ste Anne, Rogersville, Blackville, and surrounding areas.

The group is looking for people who are passionate and dedicated to helping others to join their team and become a volunteer driver.

Their mission is to provide a reliable, safe, affordable, and inclusive transportation service that meets the needs of the Northumberland residents at an exceptionally low cost.

The group’s targeted clientele is as inclusive as possible:

  • Individuals with low incomes
  • Elderly people (65 years old and older)
  • Lone-parent families
  • Individuals with reduced mobility or suffering from a handicap
  • People with reduced autonomy
  • Individuals who do not have a driver’s license, do not have access to a vehicle or are incapable of driving
  • Individuals or families who does not have access to an affordable transit system

Transport Communautaire Northumberland Community Transportation is offering fantastic benefits for anyone that becomes a volunteer driver.

All new drivers in all of Northumberland County who register will have their name put in for a draw to have a chance to win a brand-new set of winter tires. The promotion for the set of tires is ongoing and the draw will be on October 20, 2021 live on the group’s Facebook page at 2:00 pm.

All new drivers in each region of Northumberland County who register will have their name put in for a draw to have a chance to win $200 in gift certificates (Gas and/or Groceries). The promotion begins is ongoing and the draw will be on June 30th, 2021 at 2:00 pm.  The group is a strong believer of supporting our communities, so all gift certificates will be purchased in our own regions.

Northumberland Regions:

  • $200 – Neguac
  • $200 – Miramichi
  • $200 – Baie Ste Anne
  • $200 – Rogersville
  • $200 – Blackville

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer driver or a client, you may contact the transportation Coordinator Rachel Mazerolle by phone at: (506) 251-7334 or by email at: .

MORE INFORMATION

The Transport Communautaire Northumberland Community Transportation wants to provide a home-based public transit service to meet the basic needs of the people of Northumberland with the intention of promoting their independence and quality of life.

As a result, Northumberland County will benefit from a sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly public transit system.

The principal objectives are:

  • Cover the entire Northumberland County
  • Providing accessible and affordable services
  • Responding to customer’s needs
  • Defending the interests of members
  • Diversifying sources of funding
  • Develop public transit partnerships in Northumberland County
  • Introduce a new culture of public transportation
  • Become a transit reference in Northumberland

Services

The home transportation service will be provided by pre-approved volunteer drivers by Transport Communautaire Northumberland Community Transportation. They will use their personal vehicles for travel. Each volunteer will transport the person home to the destination. Journeys must be of a one of nature and will be carried out strictly within Northumberland, except for medical appointments. The priority will remain the Northumberland region. The service will be offered during regular working hours and depending on the availability of volunteers.

How it works

Customers will contact the person in charge who will take note of the necessary information. She will then contact a volunteer to go to the client’s home to bring him/her to his/her appointment and then take him/her home. The service will only operate by reservation by phone. Appointments will be made between 8 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday to Friday.

Territory

The territory served by TC-Northumberland-CT will extend from Neguac, Baie-Ste-Anne, Miramichi, Blackville, Rogersville and villages including surrounding rural areas.

Clients

Target clients will be the people of Northumberland County, and it should be noted that special attention will be paid to low-income people with no means of transportation.

Volunteers

The volunteer recruitment process is going well and so far, the group has recruited the first volunteer in March 2021.

Each volunteer must have $2 million in insurance coverage on their vehicle.

These people recruited into the community are a great asset in themselves, as they use their personal car in addition to donating their volunteer hours to the group. In addition, the amount reimbursed will barely cover the costs of purchasing gasoline and, to some extent, maintaining their vehicle.

Cost

Each regular customer must pay $0.35/km and each volunteer will receive $0.35/km

Members

Each member who wants to have access to this service will have to pay $10 annually. This amount will cover the costs associated with opening the file, the administration costs.

To learn more, visit their Facebook page.

Village of Blackville

Village of Blackville

The village of Blackville is governed by an elected council made up of a mayor and four councillors. Incorporated as a village in 1966, Blackville has a population of 958 and has had a long history related to forestry and salmon fishing.

Leave a Comment