Starting this Friday, the town of St-Lazare will be shuttling its youth to Mont Rigaud for night skiing on a twice-monthly basis.
Called the Adobus, the free service is for teens aged 12 to 17. The bus is responding to a call by the segment for more activities geared toward them, town spokesperson Geneviève Hamel said, following a forum on youth services held last year by the town.
“Council wanted to hear straight from the youth what they wanted, and dedicated $10,000 to improving service,” Hamel said.
She said the consensus was to offer bus service to areas of interest to teens, and to have more community dance parties.
The bus will run every second Friday until the end of March, leaving from the community centre for the 20-minute trip at 6 p.m., and returning to town about 9:45 p.m.
There are spots for 48 teens, and tickets are handed out at the community centre on a first-come, first-served basis a half hour before departure.
“It’s not a baby sitting service, so if they miss the bus, they miss it,” Hamel said.
She added the Adobus will continue service in the spring and summer, but its destination will be changed.
“We’ll take them to different spots in Vaudreuil like the pool, and the cinema,” she said. “If they want to go shopping in Vaudreuil, they’ll be able to do that. There will be four or five different drop-off spots.”
More information is available on the town’s website.