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Free Queens senior transit program returns

It can be used for medical appointments

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:30 am

A program that provides Queens seniors with free transportation for medical appointments will start again today, Oct. 10.

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Selfhelp Vice President of External Relations and Communications Sandy Myers made the announcement on Monday at the Clearview Senior Center in Bay Terrace.

The program first launched in 2017, with $40,000 in funding from Vallone, and originally served only seniors in his northeast Queens district. It had a second run last year, when it was expanded to the entire borough.

Funding for the program has dramatically increased since 2017. This year, Vallone allocated $90,000 for the program to serve seniors in his district. And, at the request of the Council’s Queens delegation, Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) provided an additional $50,000 for it to serve seniors in all of Queens. Borough President Melinda Katz also allocated $10,000 for the program.

The service ends when the funding runs out.

To make an appointment, seniors can call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at (718) 224-7888 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon to schedule their next-day rides. Those who use the service will need to fill out a basic application with demographic information and an emergency contact and provide their destination. When ready for pickup, the senior will call again for the return trip.

“Since we began the program four years ago, thousands of rides to and from important medical appointments have been provided to our borough’s seniors — at no cost to them,” Vallone said in a prepared statement. “In just a few years, we’ve been able to nearly quadruple funding amounts for the program, enabling us to provide this vital service to seniors throughout Queens.”

“Investments by government, including through this program, enable older New Yorkers to continue to age with independence and dignity in the City they call home,” Myers said in her own statement.

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