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Meet your Colusa County Transit Driver: Martin Bersola

IMG_3105Colusa County Transit Driver, Martin Bersola loves everything about his job.

“I love being outdoors and being able to drive passengers to their medical appointments.” Said Bersola.

Bersola is the primary medical transport driver, taking passengers to medical appointments in Yuba City, Chico, and Sacramento.

“For many of my passengers, they do not have transportation to get to their appointments,” said Bersola, “and the Colusa County Transit is here to help.”

Helping people is a rewarding career for Bersola.

“Working for the Colusa County Transit provides our community with a level of commitment, dedication and service to the community that is second to none,” said Bersola, “and at the end of the day I go home satisfied knowing I have helped someone today.”

In addition to medical transports, Bersola transports passengers once a week to and from Stonyford.

“I love the drive up through Stonyford,” said Bersola, “as the season’s change I get to see many elk, deer and turkeys along my route.”

One of Bersola’s favorite moments with the Colusa County Transit is during his training.

“I was trained by Ms. Barbara Salazar and Franny Dennis,” said Bersola, “They taught me how to be a very effective and efficient bus driver.”

Like most transit drivers, Bersola wishes that everyone would have more patience.

“Be patient, very patient!” said Bersola, “become familiar with our schedules and plan your day in advance and make sure you leave yourself enough time between pick-ups and drop-offs.”

When Bersola is not driving his bus, he enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, go for long motorcycle rides with his wife.

“I also ride my bicycle whenever I can,” said Bersola.

The Colusa County Transit has an underutilized service for providing adults ages 60 and up, low income or veteran’s transportation to and from doctor appointments.

“We are all here to help transport everyone in the most efficient, affordable and safest way possible,” Bersola added.

The Colusa County Transit schedules one out-of-county medical transport at a time and appointments must be scheduled in advance, and before 2:00 PM. All rides are serviced on a first come, first serve basis.

Although out-of-county medical trips are available at no cost, donations are encouraged and expected to keep the donation dependent program ongoing.

Take a ride with Bersola, and call the Colusa County Transit, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM by calling (530) 458-0287. P

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