Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced a change in Dial-A-Ride scheduling to expand service. City of Poughkeepsie residents are now able to get to shopping areas on Route 9 and Route 44 (including Adams) five days a week. They may also go to Fishkill once a month. Also, Town of Lagrange residents will now be able to go to Pleasant Valley once a week.
According to the County Executive, “We listened to the concerns of the seniors who were using the service and are happy to respond to their requests with more flexibility and transportation options.”
Dutchess County Division of Aging Services Director John Beale added: “Transportation continues to be one of the biggest problems facing our senior residents. Making programs like Dial-A-Ride more accessible allows the elderly to remain independent and helps them to more easily access other needed services.”
Lagrange Town Supervisor Jon J. Wagner urged residents to take advantage of the service reminding seniors that “space is readily available on the bus for town residents who qualify.”
Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service designed to serve senior citizens and individuals with disabilities that prevent them from using regular LOOP bus service. It is a joint program of the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, the participating municipalities, and Dutchess County Public Transit and can be used for a variety of purposes including medical, shopping, and recreational activities.
To be eligible to use the system, you must first complete an application which can be obtained by calling the Division of Aging Services at (845) 486-2555, toll free at (866) 486-2555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out an application online at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndextrans.htm.