Free transit workshops and guided bus trips

Connecting Older Adults with Public Transit

Hamilton – Totally Transit for Older Adults is back!  The popular program, which helps older adults take full advantage of Hamilton’s transit system, will once again be presented by Green Venture, a local non-profit environmental outreach organization.  Four free workshops are being offered at locations around Greater Hamilton in October and November covering such topics as local bus routes, bus fares and passes, seniors’ discounts and trip planning.  The worLets ride the bus oct 24 _121024 vs 012kshops equip participants with the knowledge and skills to navigate public transit confidently and efficiently.  The program is also expanding into Niagara Region, where three workshops will be held.

Each workshop lasts roughly an hour, and includes a 45-minute presentation followed by an optional demonstration for internet users showing how Google Maps can be used in trip planning.  There will also be an opportunity for workshop participants to request bus trip planning to two destinations.  Green Venture staff will mail participants step-by-step instructions for a round trip visit to each destination.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a guided bus trip.  Small groups, typically two to four participants, will travel to a destination of choice accompanied by a trained bus travel guide.  Free bus tickets will be provided, and the travel guide will be available to assist while participants ride to a fun location for an outing and return to their starting point.

Green Venture has been offering bus education for several years through the Totally Transit program.  The program introduces people to public transit and provides them with the information and confidence to make full use of their local system.  This is the third time Green Venture has had the opportunity to offer the program to older adults.

Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around Hamilton.  The HSR carries millions of passengers per year and operates comprehensive bus routes throughout Hamilton.  These workshops will discuss HSR bus services and focus on the neighbourhood around the workshop location.

 Workshops have been scheduled for:

Friday, November 25 from 2 – 3:30 at Red Hill Library, 695 Queenston Road, Hamilton

Tuesday November 15 from 1:00 to 2:00pm – Welcome Inn, 40 Wood St E, Hamilton

TBA at North Hamilton Community Health Centre, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Registration is required to participate in this program.  Please contact 905-540-8787 or the workshop location to register.

Media contact:

David Hart Dyke, Green Venture

905-540-8787 ext 158 or david.hartdyke@greenventure.ca

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