Boston Community Transport (BCT) is a registered charity, operating, coordinating and promoting a specialist, affordable local transport service for residents of Boston and the surrounding villages. We are there for local residents who cannot afford taxis or use public transport, or simply to assist people in getting back into the community. The service is essential and very personalised, even accompanying people if need be.
Bus services in Boston are impractical and not appropriate for many of our most vulnerable customers. Due to the inherent economic feasibility of serving a scattered population, some smaller villages have no regular bus service and access to a private vehicle is the only practical means of accessing services.
We are a membership-based scheme, which is £12 per person per year. Every member uses this service mainly due to geographical remoteness, a lack of public transport, disability, ill-health, loneliness, frailty, financial disadvantage, vulnerability and anyone who needs supported travel.
Our community car scheme is operated by Volunteer Drivers, a Booking Clerk and an Office Administrator, who are all under the supervision of an Office Manager, who reports to a Board of Trustees who ensure corporate governance.
We work in partnership with organisations such as the Royal Voluntary Service and Boston Big Local to support the transport needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This is becoming increasingly vital as there is no longer a home to hospital contract provider.
We play a vital role in helping older people to maintain an active living, independence, enabling them to get out and about through using our community transport service.
We are a member of the Lincolnshire Community Transport Forum which is supported by Lincolnshire County Council via its county transport coordinator and which provides public liability insurance for the volunteer drivers.