Blooming Grove’s Senior and Dial A Bus Service Is Alive and Well
By Edie Johnson
Concerns voiced earlier this week by a resident complaining that bus services in town for seniors and other residents had been discontinued were quickly dismissed by Highway Superintendent Wayne Kirkpatrick. While the town had some operational issues with its previous buses, and needed to update to some new state compliance regulations, two new buses have been and are continuing to operate on schedule (see photo below). They were back up and service running as of April 1. Blooming Grove has made great efforts over the past ten years to develop a series of useful and fun programs and activities for its senior population, including many activities at its Senior Center as well as transportation to necessary and fun destinations such as casino’s and plays for entertainment, transportation to doctors’ appointments, and rides to the Galleria Mall and elsewhere to shop for food and clothing. A Neighbors for Neighbors program helps fill in other gaps, and the Senior Center also provides meal services. A concern that service had been discontinued in the Village of Washingtonville was responded to by the Deputy Mayor, Paul Lange, who reported that Washingtonville does not have its own bus service.
Blooming Grove bus trips are not limited to serving the elderly and the minimal cost is $1 for elderly, $2 for all others, except for children under 4 who ride for free. This program is partially funded by the United States Administration on Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging and the Orange County Office for the Aging.”
To make a reservation call 1-845-496-4411. For information on the usual daily bus routes see the town’s website under Departments/Dial A Bus.
(Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)