Kearny, NJ – The Town of Kearny accepted delivery of a new senior bus on Friday, March 8, 2019. Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council Members Carol Jean Doyle and Gerald Ficeto joined the Kearny Health Department as they welcomed the arrival of the brand new senior bus at the steps of Kearny Town Hall. The new addition to the fleet, a 2019 Ford Elkhart Coach seats up to 16 passengers and lifts and holds two wheelchairs. The senior bus complies with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and ADA requirements. A backup camera and a driver announcement speaker system are two new features added to this year’s model. The bus will begin transporting seniors on the regular scheduled route starting Monday, March 11, 2019.
The Town of Kearny extended thanks and gratitude to the County of Hudson, Department of Health & Human Services Area Agency of Aging/ADRC, Brian Poffel, Executive Director for their allocation of $40,000 toward the purchase of the vehicle. There are 199 seniors registered to use the senior bus for transportation. During the ceremony, Mayor Santos noted, “the senior bus shuttle offers seniors convenient and safe access to our local shopping districts, senior center and houses of worship. It is an important lifeline for many of our seniors.”
To inquire about senior bus service, residents may contact the Kearny Health Department at (201) 997-0600, 645 Kearny Avenue, on business days, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the Town of Kearny web site: www.kearnynj.org for bus schedule and updates.