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County Transportation Expands Para-Transit Services

Senior and Persons with Disabilities Will Have Easier Access to Personal Services

Post Date:02/24/2021 9:29 AM

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Effective March 1, 2021, the Somerset County Transportation Department will provide eligible residents with expanded para-transit services. Senior citizens and people with disabilities will be able to schedule trips to businesses that provide personal services such as pharmacies, banks, credit unions, salons, and barbershops.

“Many of us take for granted that we can easily jump in the car and drive whenever and wherever we want,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano.  “With these new para-transit services, we are giving folks the ability to tackle routine errands that they may not have been able to do before. These services will help people more easily complete their tasks, become more self-reliant and feel less dependent.”  

Before March 1, residents could only schedule trips to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, county-operated senior wellness centers and employment.  Now, eligible seniors and persons with disabilities will have access to more destinations, so it will be easier for them to complete their errands and weekly tasks.

Eligibility requirements and operating hours for the new para-transit services are still the same as established before March 1. Para-transit services will only be provided to Somerset County locations.  For more information about eligibility requirements click here, or call 908-231-7115, 1-800-246-0547.  

Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech impaired can contact the Division of Transportation through NJRelay at 1-800-852-7897.

The Somerset County para-transit program is provided by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners, the Office on Aging and Disability Services, and is partially funded by casino revenue.

The mission of the Somerset County Division of Transportation is to provide quality transportation services to citizens in a safe, courteous, responsive, and professional manner.

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