MyBus, the bookable community bus service offered by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), has recorded its busiest year ever – with half a million passenger journeys undertaken.
The milestone was reached on March 17, when Kirkintilloch resident Margaret Smith stepped aboard a MyBus for her weekly trip to St Flannan’s Church Club and became the 500,000th person to take a MyBus journey in the last year.
Mrs Smith, who has used the MyBus service for 17 years, said:
“Getting about gets trickier as you get older and I rely on MyBus to help me still do things that give me independence, like going to my weekly clubs, shopping and visiting friends.
“If it wasn’t for MyBus, a lot of members of the club, myself included, wouldn’t be able to leave our homes at all. The drivers are so kind and polite to us all, too. I don’t know what I’d do without the service.”
MyBus offers – where possible – door-to-door transport and low-floor, wheelchair-friendly buses meaning that it can be used by all members of the community.
If it wasn’t for MyBus, a lot of members of the club, myself included, wouldn’t be able to leave our homes at all. The drivers are so kind and polite to us all, too. I don’t know what I’d do without the service.”
Mrs Smith, 500,000th MyBus passenger
The service can be used for both group travel and by individuals and can be booked over the phone, online or even by text.
SPT elected member for East Dunbartonshire, Councillor Alan Moir, said:
“MyBus serves a great number of people in local and rural communities that struggle to use regular public transport and this fantastic milestone reflects just quite how many.
“The service can really enhance quality of life for people, who, like Mrs Smith, want to remain active members of their local community, so I’m delighted to see first-hand the positive effect that MyBus has.”
To celebrate Mrs Smith being on the 500,000th passenger journey of the year, Councillor Moir presented her with a gift voucher, flowers and SPT goody bags for members of the Church Club.
“This is such a kind gesture and the voucher will definitely be put to good use!”
For further information about the MyBus service please contact 0845 128 4025 or visit spt.co.uk/mybus