Burien Hyde Shuttle Reduces Service to 2 Days Per Week Due to Lack of Drivers
All over Burien, seniors and people with disabilities are finding a major means of transportation closed off to them – the Burien Hyde Shuttle is having to cut back to just two days per week due to a lack of drivers.
Seniors, many of them on limited incomes, have come to rely on the Hyde Shuttle to get around. Wendy, a shuttle user who lives in a semi-assisted living center in Burien, names the Hyde Shuttle as one of the reasons that she is still able to live independently.
“The shuttle means I no longer have to fight to get where I need to go,” Wendy said.
Before she started riding the Hyde Shuttle, Wendy says she felt anxious and worried about running simple errands, such as going to the grocery store or the doctor. She would have to pay for costly taxi rides or wait until her son could take time off from work. Now she calls the Hyde Shuttle and goes to the store and medical appointments on her own.
But this week, the Hyde Shuttle announced it would have to cancel routes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays due to a lack of volunteer drivers. This could not come at a worse time, since with the economic downturn, more and more people are turning to the Hyde Shuttle for help. The program urgently needs to recruit more volunteer drivers.
Volunteers choose their weekly shifts and receive free training in defensive driving and passenger assistance. They do not need a special driver’s license and do no lifting or bearing of weight. And current volunteers agree that the biggest benefit from driving the Hyde Shuttle is seeing the direct impact of their actions in the lives of the people they serve. A Shuttle ride often makes a senior’s day.
For more information on helping seniors and people with disabilities in Burien by driving the Hyde Shuttle, please call Melissa at (206) 748-7588, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.seniorservices.org.