October 2015 MusGo Rider Covers the Shore By Jessie Greenough (Editor’s Note: HRM’s transportation services have never reached most of the people of the Eastern Shore. In 2012, the founders of MusGo Rider set out to fill this gap, and have succeeded admirably. We asked MusGo Rider executive director Jessie Greenough (CPA, CMA) to bring us up to speed on what’s happening with this exciting venture in community transit.) MusGo Rider Cooperative Ltd. is the non-profit transit organization servicing Eastern Shore communities from East Preston/Lawrencetown east to Ship Harbour. The only real limitation on using the service is that your pick-up or drop-off spot has to be within MusGo’s service area; otherwise we will take you anywhere within Halifax Regional Municipality. Community transit is for everyone; you don’t have to be a senior, be in a wheelchair, or have a disability. But if you do need an attendant to go with you, your attendant rides free of charge. MusGo Rider also offers charter service for weddings and parties. This is a service that provides rides to your guests for up to four hours. Many people use this service to get their guests safely home after wedding receptions or parties. The cost of the service is $225 and provides one driver and van for four hours. MusGo Rider drivers are willing to go the extra step to make sure that you get to where you going safely. If you are a senior or someone who requires assistance with such things as carrying your groceries, MusGo drivers are always happy to assist without any additional charge. MusGo is currently supporting the development of a Business Plan for Musquodoboit Valley/Sheet Harbour and surrounding communities We are working closely with a consultant and the communities to bring the same reliable rural transportation we have on the shore to these areas. There are currently fourteen Community Transit organizations operating in rural Nova Scotia, with more in various steps of the development process. To see which communities offer rural transportation, please visit http://www.ruralrides.ca. To arrange a ride with MusGo, or to find out more information, please call Dispatch at (902)483-7433, or email musgorider@gmail.com. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, or have suggestions, please email me at greenough@ns.sympatico.ca. We look forward to picking you up!

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