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Agencies to offer additional transportation services for senior citizens

By Dianne Ames McLaughlin
Posted Monday, March 19, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Council on Aging and Chatham Transit Network are partnering to offer additional transportation services to senior citizens in Chatham County.

New routes are being established in various areas of the County that will offer a ride to Pittsboro or Siler City for shopping, errands and banking. Vans will drive to the outlying areas of Chatham County on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pick up passengers who pre-register for this service.

Most passengers will board the van from their home between 8:30 and 10 am and will arrive at their destination town between 10 and 10:30. The passengers are free to get off at any stop that they choose. There will be scheduled stops at grocery stores and other shops, pharmacies, the post office, banks, the library and restaurants.

Riders with special destination needs can make those requests by calling Chatham Transit Network (CTN) in advance. CTN will be able to tell you if they are able to accommodate this special request.

Each route will establish scheduled stops and riders will be able to get back on the van when it comes back around on its scheduled stops. Lunch is “on your own” at a local restaurant. Several merchants have offered senior discounts and lunch specials. Coupons or information are available at the Council on Aging, at Chatham Transit Network and on the van. Most passengers will be able to make 1 – 3 stops per day before it is time to head back home.

Vans will depart to take their passengers back home between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. Passengers should arrive back at their home destinations between 1:00 and 3:00 pm depending on where they are on the route and how many passengers are on the van.

If you or someone you know is in need of transportation to take care of personal business and errands, or for weekly shopping, please call Dianne McLaughlin or Lindsay Straughn at 542-4512 at the Council on Aging or Helen Stovall at 542-5136 at Chatham Transit Network.

*The full cost for this round trip service is $8.00, but eligible seniors enrolled in this program may make a contribution of any amount. The suggested donation for seniors is $2.00 per round trip.

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Chatham Transit Network [CTN] is the Community Transportation Program (Section 5311) for Chatham County, North Carolina. Chatham Transit Network received this authorization in 1996. Chatham Transit Network receives funding from both the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation- Public Transportation Division. The Network operates as a not for profit corporation offering transportation services to other human service agencies and the general public.


Dianne Ames McLaughlin
AKA Dianne
Sweetblinddidi@yahoo.com
(That's Dye-Dye)

 
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