PERKIE Travels: Our Provo Valley Hospitals Shuttle Van
PERKIE Travels is named after Perena Marzo a.k.a. "Aunt Perkie." The program came about in 1994 after Lisa Perla-Martinez was driving her Aunt perkie to Utah Valley on a daily basis for radiation treatments, and noticed how many people from the Carbon and Emery County area were also making the 180 mile drive. She came back to ARECIL's office and stated that some type of coordination of rides might be looked at to help people get to their treatments.
The effort for coordination began where Four Corners Mental Health, Carbon Senior Citizens Center, Active Re-Entry, Emery County Senior Citizens and Emery County each donated the use of their vans, gasoline, insurance and maintenance for one day each week.
Since that time Carbon County Seniors and Four Corners Mental Health have dropped out, and Active Re-Entry uses a mini-van provided by Carbon County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District. Emery County valiantly continues to provide the use of their vehicles.
What are PERKIE Travel's Schedules
Trips are made to the Utah Valley Medical Center as well as the Central Utah Multi Specialty Clinic in Provo. The drivers will drop riders off at which ever facility their physicians and treatments are located.
Schedules: For consistency and to ensure that the roads have as much time to be cleared during the winter months, the van leaves from ARECIL at 11:30 am and depending on the number of riders, are returned between 3-4pm each day. As space is available for the days that the Emery County vehicle is used, Emery residents can either be picked up in either Castle Dale or Huntington.
We are looking at instituting a gasoline reimbursement for Emery County residents for the days that they travel to Price.