Stoney Nakoda Nations residents are getting their own transit service. The new SWIFT Mini Thni Transit launches Thursday, March 24, 2022, with a low-floor, 26-seat bus on fixed routes between four bus stops: Mini Thni (Morley), Chiniki Gas Bar, Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, and Cochrane.
“We’re excited to be launching a transit service for Nation residents designed by and for our nation.”Says Chief Darcy Dixon of the Bearspaw First Nation
“This transportation option will provide cost effective, safe access to employment, education, business, and services,”said Chief Aaron Young of the Chiniki First Nation.
“SWIFT Mini Thni Transit will enable Morley and Cochrane residents to stay connected with friends and family in each community,”added Chief Clifford Poucette of the Wesley First Nation.
SWIFT Mini Thni transit is currently a four-month pilot project. The pilot project will allow for data gathering to evaluate the future needs.
Ride FREE the first day March 24.
Following that, single one-way fares will be $5.
Infants two-years of age and younger ride free.
The Stoney Tribal Administration negotiated a contract with Southland Transportation to operate the SWIFT Mini Thni transit system. The long-term plan is for the Stoney Nakoda Nations to operate the service. Nation members interested in employment with SWIFT Mini Thni Transit should apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for the pilot program was provided by the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP). The AEP funds a broad range of entrepreneurial pursuits and aims to build capacity, reduce barriers, and increase access to capital, by forging partnerships that will increase economic opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
Watch minithnitransit.ca for launch and service details, including ticket purchase locations and operating hours.
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