UNION COUNTY, NJ – Elizabeth is one of 18 Union County municipalities scheduled to receive a senior citizen van provide by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of  Chairman Bruce H. Bergen’s “Seniors in Motion” initiative for 2016.

The vans are expected to arrive in November. The initiative, which was last implemented in 2001, will provide a passenger van (purchased by the County) for senior transport.

“We recognize seniors as an integral part of our community,” said Freeholder Chairman Bergen. “The ‘Seniors in Motion’ initiative has been successful in the past and we are happy to see it continue to enhance the lives of seniors throughout the county.”

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The communities will keep the vehicle for its lifetime and will be responsible for insurance, maintenance, and the provision of qualified drivers who have a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) for the 15-passenger van.

Additionally, Union County’s existing Paratransit system will continue to provide rides, at minimal cost, for transportation to medical treatments and other related activities. The Paratransit fleet can accommodate those in wheelchairs and walkers and makes regularly scheduled trips to the Lyons VA Medical Center and the East Orange VA Medical Center.