A new business transporting passengers between La Ronge and Prince Albert is set to begin operations next week.
Vi Werchola, owner of L.A. Family Taxi in La Ronge, started a new company called L.A. Family Shuttle which will officially begin operating June 20. She said they’ll be using seven- and 10-passenger vans, but will consider purchasing a small bus if the business does well.
“Since STC shut down a year ago, there’s been nobody starting anything up and we see a real need for people to get to their appointments, shop, visit relatives or get to funerals,” Werchola told larongeNOW. “Sometimes people can catch a ride with a friend, but sometimes it doesn’t happen.”
Trips to Prince Albert will occur every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, Werchola said, and customers are encouraged to book seats in advance. A one-way ticket for an adult including GST is $78, seniors and students up to the age of 12 will pay $68, younger children can ride for $45 and pre-schoolers are free. She said those who ride with L.A. Family Shuttle to Prince Albert will be given a discounted price for the return fare.
There are a number of steps Werchola needed to complete in order to operate the new service. She said all of her drivers have a Class 4 license or higher, the business obtained special insurance to transport customers, and vehicles will need to be inspected once per year. Werchola said the van will be leaving Prince Albert at 5 p.m. sharp on the days it operates.
“On Mondays and Wednesdays we will be coming into Prince Albert in time so people who need to get to Saskatoon and Regina can hop on the Rider Express and still have time to make it,” she said.
The service will also stop in Weyakwin for a short break and to pick up anyone who also needs a ride. The pickup points for the tri-community will be at the Kikinahk Friendship Centre in La Ronge and the Lake Country Co-op Gas Bar in Air Ronge.
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