The van, for which Assemblywoman Markey secured the funding, provides low cost transportation for senior citizens to and from local senior centers in the area. Operated by the Woodside Senior Assistance Program, the van also is an emergency backup vehicle for the Woodside Meals on Wheels program.
“Helping to provide senior citizens safe, affordable and comfortable transportation to their local center is a priority of mine,” said Assemblywoman Markey. “Guaranteeing access to vital services is important to make sure that senior citizens are able to stay in the community.”
The state of the art van is capable of transporting 11 people plus one wheelchair and is fully handicap assessable. The service runs Monday through Friday and picks up clients at their homes, bringing them to and from the center of their choice. The van tries to accommodate riders by bringing them to the grocery store and doctors appointments, when possible.
“I encourage anyone who is in need of transportation to a local senior center to take advantage of this excellent program,” concluded Assemblywoman Markey.
The service is open to anyone over the age of 60 living in the community. The cost per round trip ride is $3. For an application and additional information, please call Margaret Arthur at (718) 779 – 8305.