SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit is one of 18 municipalities in Union County selected to receive a new passenger van as a result of Union County's 2016 “Seniors in Motion” initiative. Union County funded $495,000 for the program, which is designed to provide transportation for seniors in the recipient towns.
The 15-passenger van, expected to arrive in November, will be custom fitted with grab bars and low step access to insure safe and easy entry and exit of the vehicle. The vehicle will not have a 'lift', but will be senior friendly. The City will be responsible for insurance, vehicle maintenance and the provision of qualified drivers.
The van will be operated through the Department of Community programs and will be used by the City to:
Serve as a back- up vehicle when the "Senior Connection Bus" is out for service
Allow for possible expansion of Summit’s Senior Transportation Program to include out-of-town service for doctor appointments through grants or partnerships
Allow for smaller senior local and regional trips and travel such as The Arboretum, area museums and events of interest, without taking the Senior Bus off route
Allow for Senior shuttle service for City events on weekends and evenings
“We recognize seniors as an integral part of our community,” said Union County 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.”
Other towns receiving a vehicle include: Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Union, and Winfield Park.