POUND RIDGE, N.Y. The new Pound Ridge Neighbor-to-Neighbor bus has arrived and is in service, ready to convey local seniors to shopping and event destination in style.
Last month, the town board approved a bond that enabled the town to purchase the bus, along with a new loader and truck for the highway department and a new police car. The cost of the bus, which was purchased from Don Brown Bus Sales in Johnstown, N.Y., was $48,000. It was obtained via a state contract, which allowed the town to get a good deal. The normal price of the bus is $73,000, according to Pound Ridge Recreation Supervisor David Goldberg.
The bus has room for 14 passengers, or 12 passengers and space for two wheelchairs. It sports a wheelchair lift. Its the second Neighbor-to-Neighbor bus the town has had.
Weve had this bus service for five or six years now, Goldberg said. The last one was a used bus that we leased from the county and then were able to buy for $1. But it had something like 80,000 miles and we had to do some work on it.
Prior to offering bus service, the rec department provided shuttling service via individual volunteers. Goldberg said that Pound Ridge resident Felice Joaquim was the volunteer who pioneer the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program and was instrumental in helping the town get its first bus.
The bus is used every Wednesday for shopping trips to Scotts Corner Market, which usually attracts at least six riders. The rec department also plans various shopping and lunch excursions to places such as Norwalk, Conn. and Danbury, Conn., as well as trips to shows and museums.
Our next trip is to a BOCES luncheon, Goldberg said. BOCES has a cooking program and the students cook meals for the seniors.
The old bus is being donated to the Pound Ridge Fire Department, which will use it for training exercises.
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