Dutchess County Public Transit has announced service reductions will go into effect Tuesday, March 24th. Only Routes E, J, K and L will be operating, with service provided from 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. All other fixed routes will be suspended. Additionally, Dial-A-Ride and Flex service will be suspended until further notice. A special same day, on-demand service has been established and will be provided to senior citizens, those with disabilities, and veterans who do not have access to routes E, J, K, and L. Fixed route fares will be a reduced rate of $.75 per ride. Same-day, on-demand service will be $1.00 one way.
"As people are implored to stay at home and all but essential operations should be closed, Dutchess County Public Transit is adjusting its routes and service operations to ensure those who do need to get essential destinations are able to do," said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. "We continue to operate our highest demand routes that passengers have been continuing to utilize, but are adjusting our operations to redirect service to those who need it most."
Route J serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, Admiral Halsey, Interfaith Towers, Mid-Hudson Regional Medical Center, Dutchess County Mental Health Campus, Marist College, the CIA and Stop & Shop Hyde Park.
Route K serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, some of the City of Poughkeepsie, Vassar Hospital and related health care offices, St. Simeon, Spring Manor, Dutchess Dialysis, Price Chopper, Care Mount Medical, CVS, Target, Shop Rite and Stop and Shop.
Route L serves the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB, Poughkeepsie Train Station, Main Street in Poughkeepsie, Social Security, Associated Super Market, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop on Route 44, CVS, and Adams.
Route E Limited service will start at 14 Commerce Street and serve Hudson River Housing and flags stops along the arterial, as well as to and from the City of Poughkeepsie Transit HUB.
Special same-day, on-demand service has been established Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and will be provided to senior citizens, those with disabilities, and veterans who do not have access to routes E, J, K, and L. Other riders may be accommodated if seat availability allows.
The on-demand service is for trips originating and ending within Dutchess County for the limited purpose of visiting:
To schedule this service, please call Dutchess County’s Coronavirus Information Line at 845-486-3555, option 6 starting Tuesday, March 24th. Please have the following information ready when calling:
Please note, this service is not intended for medical emergencies. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should dial 9-1-1.
Dutchess County Government continues to provide residents the most current information and guidance on its website, https://www.dutchessny.gov/coronavirus, its Coronavirus hotline, (845) 486-3555, and its Facebook and Twitter accounts.