Brooks Regional Transportation Service
In an effort to provide transportation to residents seeking medical and other services in Medicine Hat, the municipalities in the Brooks Region have collaborated on a regional transportation pilot project. Transportation will not be limited to medical services, however, medical bookings will take priority. The pilot project is funded through a Government of Alberta Regional Collaboration Grant.
The weekly schedule will be arranged with local physicians to ensure coordination occurs between service dates and patient appointments. Riders will need to pre-book the service. Revisions in the schedule will depend upon demand for the service.
The bus will depart and arrive at the JBS Canada Centre in Brooks located at 323 – 1st Street East and the cost for a one-way trip is $20 and round trip, $40. Bookings can be scheduled by calling 403-362-6190.
The City of Brooks Handibus Specialized Transit Service and the Regional Transportation Service – Brooks to Medicine Hat Pilot Project is committed to maintaining our current service promise to our ridership.
We are doing our part by ensuring we provide clean, well- sanitized vehicles and enforcing good hygiene practices amongst all our employees and partner agencies.
We will continue to work with our partner, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and follow their direction. AHS will provide direction should a further escalation require the use of Personal Protective Equipment to help protect our most at-risk customers.
However, in order to maintain these services, we are asking our ridership to answer the following questions before booking a trip:
- Do you have flu-related symptoms such as a fever or cough?
- Have you recently travelled in the last 14 days?
- Have you contacted Health Link 811 to arrange formal testing or been medically directed to quarantine yourself?
- Have you been CONFIRMED as having contracted COVID-19?
- Have you had close contact with someone who has been CONFIRMED as having the virus, or have you been exposed to the virus during any other travel or in a laboratory setting?
If you have answered "YES" to any of these questions, we recommend that you stay home or consider another mode of transportation. We are asking our ridership who have traveled recently to stop using our services for a minimum of 14 days from the date they returned home.
If you have answered "NO" to questions 2 through 5, you can continue booking your trip.
We understand this is a challenging time and we appreciate your help as the COVID-19 situation develops. Please be sure to cover your cough, wash your hands frequently and to stay home if you feel sick. You can also learn more by visiting Alberta Health Services - Emergency Management/COVID-19 and the Government of Alberta - Coronavirus Information for Albertans, which provides an opportunity to remind everyone the steps we can take to protect ourselves from the Coronavirus are the same steps we should be taking every day to protect ourselves from common illnesses, such as the cold and influenza.