In America – we can move from city to city and state to state without identity papers. In many other countries, to travel you must have papers. There are border checkpoints with guards and guns and dogs, and don’t think you can pass from one small country to the next without them. All of these requirements and checkpoints can limit the freedom of travel in those areas.
So what limits our freedom of movement in America? MANY THINGS. Some of us don’t have a car, some have limited resources, some have the financial resources but are too busy at work to stop, go home, and ferry the children to their activity. Some are handicapped or have mobility issues (stairs or steps are out).
We have some good news for you! Tri-CAP Transportation is for everyone, regardless of income or mobility. If you have young children that need to ride by themselves, if they can handle the ride solo, there is no age restriction! The driver will see that they get on and off safely. The driver won’t let the child off the bus unless it’s safe and a responsible person is there to receive them. If you have mobility issues, each bus is equipped with a lift for those in a wheel chair or for those who have trouble with steps. (If you need an attendant, call for specifics on policy).
What’s the cost? Community service is $1.25 per boarding or stop. Rural trips are $3.00 per boarding. Just call the dispatch for a ride at (320) 251-1612, or 1-888-765-5597. Check our service areas online at www.tricap.org. We serve Benton, Morrison, Sherburne and Stearns Counties. Tri-CAP Transit Connection provides curb to curb service, so be sure to call and book your ride, and busy working parents, consider Tri-CAP for your kid’s rides while you are at work.
Chris Heid has worked for Tri-CAP Transportation for 16 years, and she is the Operations Manager. She wants me to pass on a question, “What is it that you need by way of transportation?” Call us at Tri-CAP and let us know and we’ll pass it along to Chris. Freedom of movement is our goal for you, so please, keep in touch.
Mid-summer energy tips: Use fans to move cooled air from your air conditioned spaces to where it’s needed, allowing you to turn down your A/C. Another option: leave the air off entirely and place a fan where the people are. Unoccupied rooms don’t need to be air conditioned. This will save you a bunch – more than enough for you to take the family on a Tri-CAP bus ride for a mid-summer adventure!
Written by: Stephen Bjorklund