Montclair Launches Taxi Discount Program for Seniors, Officials Say

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair taxi vouchers will be available in a few weeks to residents age 62 and older at a discounted price.

Voucher holders will be able to ride taxis door-to-door throughout the township, as well as to and from the Mountainside Hospital area.

The ‘Seniors In Taxis’ SIT program is a pilot initiative developed in response to a priority identified by seniors in a 2013 township-wide survey conducted by the the Montclair Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC). Partners for Health Foundation is funding the program and Lifelong Montclair, the Montclair Department of Health & Human Services, and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC) will help implement it.
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"SIT will provide seniors with enhanced mobility and more independence, as it enables those without cars -- and those who own vehicles but do not want to deal with parking challenges -- with a safe, efficient and modest cost alternative to relying on friends or neighbors or staying home," said Lifelong Montclair Project Director Katie York. "The program allows for greater freedom to choose when and how to deal with appointments of necessity such as medical care and securing food, and those of choice like visiting a friend, the library, a museum or a movie. The hope is that SIT will reduce isolation and improve freedom of mobility for many in the community."
Montclair residents who are 62 years and older will be able to purchase a $30 voucher booklet for $15. The booklet will contain four $5 and 10 $1 vouchers. The vouchers may be used to pay taxi fares for trips with cooperating companies and within the prescribed area. Participating taxi companies are Le Rubicon Taxi, M&M Taxi, Montclair Yellow Cab Company, and Verto Taxi.
To participate, a senior must:
1.      complete an application and agreement to comply with SIT terms and conditions
2.      present proof of age and residency
3.      pay for the vouchers.

The SIT project will be unveiled at this year’s Seniorama, SCAC’s annual conference for community seniors. Seniorama 2015 will focus on transportation options for senior citizens. It will be held Thursday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Montclair High School Atrium on North Fullerton Avenue. Vouchers go on sale November 9 and may be purchased on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Montclair Department of Health & Human Services, 205 Claremont Avenue, third floor.

A series of free public meetings is scheduled for that will provide a comprehensive presentation of program details and operations and to answer any questions.
Monday November 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at St James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Montclair. (Enter at Valley Road driveway and follow signs to the church office.)
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Montclair Fire Department Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, Montclair.
Thursday, November 12, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library auditorium (first floor), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair.
The SIT pilot project is made possible with the generous support from the Partners for Health Foundation. It is being administered by the Montclair Department of Health & Human Services and Lifelong Montclair. It is made possible through the efforts of the Township’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and the assistance of local participating taxi companies.

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