Transport Service for Elderly in Kootenai Co. Out-Of-Business - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Transport Service For Elderly In Kootenai Co. Out-Of-Business

COEUR D'ALENE - As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening people who use Kootenai County's fixed bus routes will have to find another way to get around. This is because North Idaho Community Express (NICE), the group providing the service, lost it's federal grant money and can no longer operate.

Every month approximately3000 riders took advantage of  the service to help them get around town or be transported for medical services.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon county commissioners announced that with the help of Kootenai Medical Center they will still be able to provide para-transit service for people who need medical help but don't have a way to get there. The hospital will send a wheelchair-accessible van to their home.

"There will be some hardships as we reorganize and look for providers," said Rick Currie, Kootenai County Commissioner. "We will have a new system, an improved system up and running as soon as possible."

Commissioners say they are seeking a permanent provider for the para-transit services and hope to have one contracted by the first of February. In the meantime, if someone living in urban Kootenai County needs help getting from their home to their medical service they can call Kootenai Health at (208) 666-2100.

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