The Amherst Department of Senior Services wishes to thank the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) for their generous donation of a retired paratransit van. The department appreciates their willingness to support the community. This van represents an incredible opportunity for older adults in the Town of Amherst. For several years, the department had been without an accessible van to transport older adults with mobility challenges. This has resulted in fewer transportation options for seniors who are unable to drive.
With an accessible van in place through this donation, Amherst Senior Services will have a way to transport those using walkers and wheelchairs, and the means with which to resume our medical ride transportation program.
There are over 5200 individuals aged 60 and older living in Amherst, there is a clear need for increased transportation options. Older adults have shared that there is a lack of transportation options and have expressed concern that they will be unable to find reliable and safe transportation for medical appointments. These concerns are compounded when the individual has mobility challenges and needs access to a lift to board the vehicle.
Amherst Senior Services Director, Hayley Bolton, stated, “We are thrilled to be able to offer more transportation options to our vibrant community of older adults.”
Julia MacFadzen (Senior Center Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator), Dick Yourga (President of the Friends Group), and volunteer Mike Gralenski recently picked up the vehicle.
The Amherst Department of Senior Services extends their heartfelt thanks for this wonderful donation by the PVTA.