Be Part Of Keeping Queens Connected!
Queens County Transit was created to respond to a need for affordable transportation identified over 4 years ago through the work of the Queens Care Society. Residents of Queens County are among the last in the province to have access to a community-based transportation service, but our large geography and aging demographics require more transportation support to connect people to others and to the services and supports they need.
We offer an affordable and accessible transportation option for Queens County residents with a focus on supporting seniors, low income residents and people with accessibility needs who wish to access health services and essential services and take part in social, recreational or educational activities. Our door-to-door service covers all corners of Queens County from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, with advance booking of 2 business days required. We have part-time paid drivers and three vehicles (two of which are wheelchair accessible) to help provide accessible and consistent transportation.
Like many transit services across the province, we rely heavily on volunteer drivers using their own vehicles to offer an affordable service and help connect people to the supports and services they need, whether it is accessing health services or other essential services or taking part in recreational or social events. Specialized services are not always available in Queens County and may require travel to other areas like Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Kentville and Halifax. Some of these trips can take a paid driver and vehicle out of our area for several hours which limits the number of residents we can assist. Volunteer drivers are an invaluable part of our team and help serve the wide variety of travel needs of our riders. Together, we are creating much-needed community infrastructure, enhancing connections and reducing social isolation.
Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage ($0.45/km), parking, and meals, and have the flexibility to accept trips that fit with their schedules, whether that be several times a week or only several times a year.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT VOLUNTEER DRIVER:
- Safety first!: QCT volunteers must be committed to the safety of our riders and themselves. They do this by keeping vehicles clean, well maintained and low scent, by navigating hazards around vehicles during loading and unloading, by being careful and conscientious drivers, and by only accepting trips in areas or conditions they are confident driving in.
- Caring, compassion and connection: The greatest contributions of QCT volunteers will have very little to do with getting someone from Point-A to Point-B. It is the time spent in between - building connections and catching up on that long drive to Yarmouth or Halifax, laughing with our riders on the way to the grocery store, lending an ear after a poor diagnosis, sharing in a rider’s excitement as they travel to a family gathering – that can be the most meaningful, for drivers and riders alike. This in-car connection is an especially important element for riders who are particularly isolated by their rural locations and barriers to transportation.
Volunteer drivers are a crucial part of this service and will make a difference in our community. If you are a kind, positive, helpful person who is an excellent driver with a well-maintained vehicle, we'd love to talk with you about joining our team. Contact us to apply or learn more!