Senior citizens may find it difficult to navigate around southern Queens, but that will soon change for many.
A new shuttle bus has been funded by Councilman Eric Ulrich to transport the elderly to and from their homes to five Catholic Charities senior centers throughout the 32nd Council District.
A total of $25,000 was allocated from Ulrich’s discretionary fund to pay for a driver, insurance and other vehicle-related expenses.
“This is important for senior citizens in this district,” Ulrich said. “[The bus] will be a lifeline for them.”
Along with transportation to and from the senior centers, where residents can participate in a variety of classes and workshops, the shuttle will provide rides to shopping centers and other local activities spots.
Ulrich hopes to extend the service to more of his constituents in the future.
“If this bus is successful now, I will do everything I can to extend it,” he said.
Residents and Catholic Charities officials thanked Ulrich for the allocation.
“We cannot tell you how much we appreciate this,” said Debra Hoffer, director of field operations for Catholic Charities. “Seniors will finally have the door-to-door service they need.”