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What Makes Special Transit “Special?”

Special Transit Service (STS) is a private, non-profit organization with a mission: to promote independence, self-sufficiency and community access for people with limited mobility. It provides caring, customer-focused transportation options.

Special Transit envisions a society in which all people are included in the social fabric of a community, breaking down any artificial boundary that isolates “disabled” or elderly people from others. Its goal is to enrich the quality of life for individuals and for the community as a whole.

Anyone can use STS, but most riders are those who do not drive or have limited driving ability because of age, health, disability or income level. A minimal charge of $2.00 per one-way trip within the Estes area is levied to help defray the cost, estimated to be more than $20 in 2007. Exact change is required. Reduced fare and “no-fare” options are available to those who need financial assistance.

Special Transit is funded by grants and donations. Information about donating is available on the STS website (URL below).

Riders can travel to various locations including senior center, recreation facilities, adult care centers, therapy, personal appointments, grocery stores, work and volunteer sites, community and social gatherings and many more destinations.

Special Transit, founded in 1979, serves many communities in Boulder County. Estes Park was added to its service area in 1998. In 2007 the organization provided 5,368 trips in Estes. That’s about 20 trips per weekday, all year.

STS will transport people using oxygen, catheters, dialysis grafts or other similar medical aids. However they cannot transport medically unstable riders, including those with IVs. Children and pets are allowed, with some restrictions.

For information, schedules and to plan a trip Estes Park residents should call, toll-free, 1-888-647-9768. STS schedules trips from 14 days in advance to one day in advance; same-day rides sometimes are possible. Information, including a “Special Transit New Rider Guide” is also available on the internet at www.specialtransit.org.

Submitted by the Estes Valley Community Fund Committee of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.

For further information, please feel free to contact Randy Davis, 577-7700; Joe Adair, 586-8846; Ludie Dickeson, 586-9409; Barb Marshall; Paul Newendorp, 586-6620; Judy Nystrom, 586-3333; Frank Shavlik, 577-9598; or Eric Waples, 577-1827.

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