Taxi tag team with Bus QLD

Bold initiative offers cheap taxis to deliver people with limited mobility to bus stops in QLD

A seven month trial of a $2 taxi service to connect people of limited mobility with bus services was recommended by Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) this week.

The Infrastructure Services Committee’s innovative idea, aimed at assisting those who are socially isolated to access community services more easily, will likely be ratified for adoption by councillors later this month.

If adopted, Black & White Cabs will provide the service for eligible people in Toowoomba, Oakey and Crows Nest.

"This scheme will provide a door-to-door service from an eligible person’s home to designated bus stops in regional areas, to travel to other centres or facilities in the Toowoomba region," TRC Infrastructure Services Committee chair Carol Taylor says.

Single trips will cost just $2 per person and be available once a week, with eligible passengers picked up from a designated home address.

Each service area of the council’s taxi catchment will be assigned a day each week with set drop-off locations.

Bus Queensland is the organisation that operates route services in Toowoomba, Middle Ridge, Harlaxton, Wilsonton, Centenary Heights, Highfields and Crows Nest and approves of the idea, since it will help more people access its services.

"TransLink and Bus Queensland are supportive of the plan and welcome the service feeding in to the urban public transport network by co-ordinating with existing bus services," Taylor says.

The Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee and the Regional Active and Public Transport Advisory Committee, have also both supported the development of the new scheme.

"Council has worked with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to help eligible people who have difficulties accessing services maintain a level of independence," Taylor says.

"This also ensures people remain active in the community and are not isolated."

Those eligible include disability support pension, commonwealth pensioner, commonwealth health care, or a Department of Veterans Affairs card holders.

Disability and elderly support carers and minors under the care of eligible people are also included.

The service is scheduled to start in December this year, and reviewed in February and April next year, with an option to extend the trial to June, 2017.

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