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ICAP program sees upgrade

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

Every year since 2010, over 5,000 riders in Moody County take advantage of Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership’s (ICAP) public transportation program. Now those people will get a chance to ride in style in 2013.

The Moody County Commissioners decided they would help finance a brand new bus for the ICAP program during their regular session last Tuesday afternoon.

The new bus, which costs approximately $67,000 will be purchased with a Capital Assistance Grant that ICAP received, which only requires the county to pay for 20% of the total cost or $13,000.

But there is a catch, and this time, a good one. Since the county paid for 20% of the original bus that is currently in circulation, they will receive 20% of the sale price, greatly reducing that $13,000 figure.

ICAP in Moody County operates on a demand-response system and although the bus is stored in Flandreau, it is open to anyone in the county. The bus provides trips to senior centers, nutrition sites, medical facilities, governmental and social service offices, nursing homes, schools and day cares, as well as making trips to Sioux Falls on the second Wednesday of every month and Brookings on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Although over 70% of the people that use the bus are elderly, a big percentage of the riders are pre-school aged. “We support the early childhood education for children in Moody County, by giving them rides on the transit bus, sometimes saving the parent from having to leave their jobs to transport their children,” said Arleen Weerheim, Deputy Director of ICAP in Madison.

The new bus is much needed, as the company was losing money due to the high maintenance cost of the current vehicle and is several years old. For a bus that transports elderly, handicapped and pre-school aged children, safety is a key issue. The new bus allows peace of mind as well as a cost effective solution to the company.

To make a reservation for a ride on ICAP, you can call 605-864-1499. Anyone under the age of 60 must pay a $1.75 per unit of service fee, while people over the age of 60 ride for free, but are encouraged to donate if they are able.

For the complete article see the 01-23-2013 issue.

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