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March 21, 2016

Legislature Extends Call-N-Ride Service for Seniors 60 and Older

The Oswego County Legislature has approved an agreement with Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) to provide free transportation services to senior citizens aged 60 and older through the "Call-N-Ride" program for another year.

OCO operates the Call-N-Ride program for "curb-to-curb" transportation to elderly and disabled people within Oswego County who don't live on a public transportation route. Funding for the program is provided by the New York State Office for the Aging, Oswego County Opportunities and the Oswego County Office for the Aging.

The County Legislature extended its contract with OCO at its March 10 meeting. The service will continue through March 31, 2017.

"Call-N-Ride provides free transportation to residents age 60 and older who aren't eligible for Medicaid transportation, and who can't afford to pay privately for curb-to-curb transportation. It's primarily used for medical appointments, shopping and social appointments," said County Legislator Daniel LeClair, District 8, Pennellville, chairman of the Legislature's Human Services Committee. "Call-N-Ride helps a vulnerable group of our population remain independent, and helps prevent them from becoming socially isolated. It's a very important service in terms of maintaining our residents' quality of life."

"Call-N-Ride definitely fills an important need in Oswego County," said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. "Many seniors do not have family members who live nearby, or they live in our most rural areas. This service allows them to remain independent longer by providing transport to doctor appointments, hair salons, grocery stores, pharmacies and so forth."

Passengers must make reservations at least three business days in advance by calling the OCO Transportation Office. Rides are available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following days and locations:

  • Sandy Creek, Pulaski, and Mexico School Districts: first and third Monday of every month.

  • Fulton School District: every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Oswego School District: every Monday and Wednesday.

  • Hannibal, Phoenix, and Central Square School Districts: every Tuesday.

  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District: first and third Friday of every month.
  • Services are free to riders age 60 and older; however donations help support the program and are greatly appreciated. Riders who are disabled and under age 60 are charged a fare according to the fare schedule. The fares can be seen on OCO's website, http://oco.org/transportation or by calling the OCO Transportation Office.

    To register for the service and request a ride, call the OCO Transportation Office, phone (315) 598-1514 or 1-877-484-3287 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cancellations must be called in at least two hours before the scheduled pickup.

    The County Legislature's Human Services Committee oversees matters involving the County Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services, Veterans' Service Agency, and Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. In addition to Legislator LeClair, the committee includes legislators Shane Broadwell, District 17, Oswego, committee vice chairman; Heather DelConte, District 18, Oswego; Shawn Doyle, District 3, Pulaski; Thomas Drumm, District 16, Oswego; John Proud, District 7, Mexico; and Tim Stahl, District 20, Oswego Town.

    One of OCO's transportation buses is pictured here. The Oswego County Legislature recently extended a contract with OCO for Call-N-Ride services to seniors age 60 and older who don't live on a public transportation route. Passengers must make reservations three business days in advance by calling the OCO transportation office at 315-598-1514 or 1-877-484-3287.

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