Paul Pisasale with cab driver Glenn Welland.
Paul Pisasale with cab driver Glenn Welland. Claudia Baxter

City Heart Cabs trial beats on

THE trial of a low cost taxi service, called City Heart Cabs, to transport seniors to and from Ipswich shopping centres will continue.

The trial of City Heart Cabs couldn't have come at a worse time - in the middle of the floods – but hopes are high it will be a success.

When it was launched, Mayor Paul Pisasale said it was hoped the scheme would improve the lifestyle of many of the city's senior residents by providing a dedicated taxi service to Bell St and Riverlink Shopping Centre.

“The City Heart Cabs program is being operated by Yellow Cabs with the fare subsidised by Ipswich City Council and retailers as a service to the community,” Cr Pisasale said.

“It commenced on Tuesday January 11 and operates each Tuesday during the six-month trial period.

“We're going to keep the trial going until July 1.

“It takes in the areas of Raceview, Churchill, Leichhardt, Basin Pocket, Tivoli and Woodend.

“Each Tuesday, people on a full aged pension residing in the identified suburbs, will be able to travel to Riverlink or Bell Street at Ipswich City Square, for only $2 each way.”

Cr Pisasale said that to make the service cheaper to run, cabs would pick up multiple passengers who live nearby.

He said City Heart Cabs was an initiative close to his heart because the wellbeing of seniors was important and “this initiative allows them to get out of the house, do some shopping or just catch up with friends and family”.

“It's all about assisting our seniors to get to shopping centres during the non-peak times for the cabs,” he said.

“It's not costing people an arm and a leg.

“It's another method of public transport; it's not meant to go in to competition with buses.”

To use the service:

  • Call Yellow Cabs on 3363 2373 before midday on Monday.
  • The next morning about 9am, you will be picked up and taken to either Riverlink Shopping Centre or Bell Street.
  • At 12.30pm, you will be collected from a designated pick-up area and taken back home.
  • For more details, contact council’s Community Development Branch on 3810 6655.