Free special transportation on New Year’s Eve

In a first for Prince Albert, the Ding in the New Year program will include special transportation.

Ding in the New Year is a program put on by SGI, local police forces and local governments to provide free transportation on New Year’s Eve.

The initiative is aimed to prevent people from getting behind the wheel and driving after a night of drinking by providing another way home from the New Year’s festivities.

Information dabout the Ding in the New Year bus routes can be found on the city’s website,

Special transportation, though, has a slightly different focus.

“This really looks at it from a different perspective, from an inclusion perspective,” said Bill Powalinsky, chief executive officer for the Community Service Centre Special needs Transportation unit.

“People who use special transportation are typically unable to drive themselves, so this is the only means of transportation they have. Folks with disabilities should have the same rights to access to transportation on New Year’s Eve.”

The special needs transportation service will run from 8:15 p.m. until 3 a.m. Customers are advised to book by Friday at noon by calling 306-953-4466.

For more on this story please see the Dec. 29 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.