Healthy Plainfield Coalition Set to Host City of Plainfield Transportation Fair

Through the partnership of United Way of Greater Union County, Lifelong Plainfield, The City of Plainfield, & New Jersey Travel Independence Program partnered will host an educational fair to showcase public transportation options in the city of Plainfield.

Plainfield, NJ – The Healthy Plainfield Coalition, the City of Plainfield, United Way of Greater Union County, and The Grotta Fund invite the community to attend Plainfield’s first-ever Transportation Fair, a fun and informative event that will showcase affordable transportation resources, demonstrations, and enrollment opportunities. The Transportation Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 29th from 10a.m. to 1p.m. at the Plainfield City Hall located at 515 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free. 

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The Transportation Fair will bring speakers and vendors to inform Plainfield residents about the various public transportation options including walking, biking, and driving in the City of Plainfield. For seniors, the City of Plainfield offers free senior transportation service during weekdays. Those individuals who are not comfortable driving at night or walking long distances for parking may use a local taxi company. Individuals who might need rides to doctor appointments due to a recent medical procedure or individuals over the age of 50 may qualify for free or low-cost transportation opportunities. Other individuals who have no concerns driving, can also attend the event to learn how to adjust their settings through a AAA CarFit class for maximum safety. In addition, event participants will receive a free transportation booklet, a resource guide that outlines the various commuting options, key points of interest, and mobile applications that can assist with travel planning. The transportation booklet was developed in collaboration with the Rutgers New Jersey Travel Independence Program, the Healthy Plainfield Coalition and the City of Plainfield.

The Transportation Fair was planned in an effort to increase Plainfield residents’ individual independence and health by providing every attendee with a new option to get around the City of Plainfield. Research studies have shown that being able to maintain an active, engaged and socially connected lifestyle lead to good mental and physical health, as well as longevity. With a commitment to improving the health of Plainfield residents, members of the Healthy Plainfield Coalition and the team at United Way of Greater Union County are strong advocates to helping every member of the community to live strong independent lives. UWGUC’s CEO, Mr. James Horne, comments that “given the changing and temporary needs of every individual and families, transportation is about much more than getting to doctor appointments or moving around the city during limited daylight hours. It’s about helping individuals to live strong, independent lives according to their needs and priorities”.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp from the City of Plainfield is a strong supporter of providing residents with more options for transportation. In fact, Mayor Mapp is an avid proponent of alternative, greener forms of transportation such as lime-bikes, NJ-Transit one-seat ride to New York City, electric vehicles, and car sharing. His commitment to safer pedestrian accessibility is evidenced by new sidewalk crossing and building ramps.

“I believe that we must have a holistic approach when it comes to Plainfield’s growth” said Mayor Mapp. “That means, as our city grows through new development projects and downtown revitalization initiatives, the quality of life of every resident should also get better. It’s called livability, and it is the driving force behind the Healthy Plainfield collaboration and several other programs we have implemented to ensure that our community thrives in every area of their lives.”

The Healthy Plainfield Coalition promotes a culture of health as they eliminate behavioral, environmental, mental, & physical barriers needed to build a Healthy Plainfield. For more information or to join the Healthy Plainfield Coalition, please contact our Staff Tania Guaman at tania.guaman@uwguc.org or Jose Tobon at jose.tobon@uwguc.org, or visit our webpage at www.uwguc.org/healthy-plainfield.

The Rutgers New Jersey Travel Independence Program teaches people how to use public transportation. They offer a variety of services including one on one travel instruction, group classes, and trips as well as connect to transit seminars for professionals. For more information, visit www.njtip.rutgers.edu.