Day Trip To GP Was A “Wonderful Experience”

Day Trip To GP Was A “Wonderful Experience”
Posted on 04/11/2019

Weekly transportation to Grande Prairie is available to residents in the Central Peace thanks to Central Peace Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), and the MD of Spirit River #133. Together they have made it possible for residents of the area to book weekly transportation to Grande Prairie, 3 days a week, via the MD of Spirit River's Transportation Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program provides passengers with bus rides from Spirit River and Rycroft to Grande Prairie every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except STAT holidays). The bus only needs a minimum of one passenger to make the trip.

One local resident who made use of the program says it was a wonderful experience: “I was the only one on the bus that day. The driver was very pleasant and dropped me off on time for my medical appointment and was waiting for me when I got out. It was a really nice experience and saved me an awful lot of trouble. Thanks FCSS and MD of Spirit River. This was a wonderful experience,” she said, adding, “I will definitely be making use of this service in the future.”

Residents can either book their seat months in advance or with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Passengers 16 and younger must have signed permission by a Guardian to ride.

Seats on the busTo book tickets simply call the FCSS office at 780-864-3500. Tickets cost $12.50 one way or $25 for a round trip. 

Payment must be made 24 hrs prior to the trip through the MD of Spirit River Office Administration. Children 8 years of age and younger ride for $5.00 one way, accompanied by a fare-paying guardian. 

This bus service is available to the public, for residents of all neighboring counties and municipal districts, as well as Central Peace residents.
Seniors and medical appointments are considered priority bookings.

Pick up Locations are in Spirit River at the MD Office at 8:30 am; Pleasantview Lodge at 8:35; and at on the main street of Rycroft at 8:45 am. Residents are asked to please make appointments between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The last pick up in Grande Prairie is at 4:00 pm returning between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

Private Bookings (medical and non-medical) are also available through FCSS.

Local rides in the Town of Spirit River and the Village of Rycroft cost $5:00 per passenger per ride. All other individual or group bookings will pay $0.80/km for medical $1.90/km for non-medical.

Private bookings are available Friday, Saturday, & Monday. Please provide a week’s notice for private bookings.

For more information visit the FCSS website by clicking here.