Another adjustment for 2013 is county-wide coverage. In 2012, Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls and Beekmantown were not included in the Dial-A-Ride coverage.
This year, those communities can access the service on Mondays, while Mooers, Altona, Clinton and Ellenburg are now combined to provide service on Wednesdays.
The county uses a wheelchair-access van for its Dial-a-Ride program.
“If you live in a rural part of the county and use a wheelchair, there are not a lot of options,” Bosley said. “Now, if you know that the service is available one day a week in your community, then you can make plans for that day.”
The bus typically picks up passengers in the morning and then returns passengers to their homes in the afternoon. Times can be flexible to meet the needs of individual riders.
“We can offer a call-back option for people to call when their appointment is done,” Bosley said.
In 2012, Dial-a-Ride served 208 passengers during the year, but Bosley said he believes the service may become more popular with this year’s expansion and with stronger marketing efforts.
“It’s really a nice service to offer our rural residents. I think it could be very popular.”
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GETTING A RIDE
To make an appointment for the Dial-a-Ride service, call 561-1452.
Reservations must be made the day before or up to two weeks in advance.
- The Dial-a-Ride schedule is: Monday: Beekmantown, Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls. Tuesday: Rouses Point, Champlain, Chazy. Wednesday: Clinton, Ellenburg, Mooers, Altona. Thursday: Dannemora, Saranac. Friday: Black Brook, Peru, AuSable, Keeseville.