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Extension OK’d for low income and elderly riders transportation program

Union Leader Correspondent

October 19. 2017 12:51AM

LONDONDERRY — The town has extended a supplemental transportation service for low-income and elderly riders for a second time.

Lisa M. Drabik, assistant town manager and personnel director, said the pilot program that utilizes CART (Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation) and Green Cab, a taxi service based in town, will now run until the end of the year.

She said councilors wanted to give the program more time.

“If anyone needed a ride over the holidays and as winter starts, they could be served by the program as well; but it’s mostly to assess the need and we’re still in an information-gathering mode,” Drabik said.

CART provides transportation for anyone in need of a ride within its service area of Londonderry, Chester, Derry, Hampstead and Salem. It also travels to a handful of Manchester-based medical centers. The supplemental program assists those who cannot be accommodated by CART.

“We haven’t experienced a high volume of calls, but I think the council wanted to give it enough time to make sure that people know about it,” Drabik said.

Londonderry voters approved $35,000 to supplement transportation costs for those using CART in March, with the supplemental program starting July 1. Town officials in August opted to extend the program until Oct. 31.

Riders who call CART (434-3569) will have the full fare covered. If the pilot program cannot accommodate a rider, a pickup will be arranged with Green Cab from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

“We think we publicized it as well as we can, so if we’re not receiving a huge volume of calls, then maybe people are well-served by CART,” Drabik said.

She expects to report back to councilors in December, when they will decide if the pilot program will become permanent.

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