Due to COVID-19 our Bus Transit Program is currently shut down.
We hope to open as soon as possible. Please check Facebook for updates.
The Commission on Aging provides basic access services to the seniors and handicapped of Newaygo County using five buses (four are on the road regularly, one is used as a backup). All of the vehicles are wheelchair-lift equipped.
Currently the service delivery system consists of rotating the vehicles on a demand-response basis in each county community and providing site access for the White Pine Adult Day Group (WPADG). Transportation is provided for shopping, banking, accessing congregate meal sites, and running errands in the closest shopping area.
The following schedule depicts present usage:
Special trips to access various social, educational and recreational activities are scheduled on a limited basis as the budget allows. There is usually a cost involved with these special trips, depending on the destination.
Health Care Vans
The Commission on Aging provides unlimited health care access for in-county transportation utilizing five seven-passenger wheelchair-lift-equipped vans; a sixth van is available on a limited basis. The health care vans also provide out-of-county transportation to individuals who are wheelchair-bound. The health care van is available to transport anyone living in the county who is 60 years or older.
Health care transportation services are scheduled primarily between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Exceptions are made based on client needs, i.e. dialysis transportation on Saturdays when there are no other means of transport. With the rider capacity of each van, we are able to combine a variety of healthcare trips for people living in similar areas and going to appointments in similar areas at similar times.
Volunteer Medical Transportation
The Commission on Aging utilizes a volunteer driver network for out-of-county travel for ambulatory seniors to obtain health services not available within the county. These services include treatment of cancer, appointments with some specialists (i.e. eye, heart), and specialized surgeries. It is more cost effective to utilize volunteer drivers for single or one-time out-of-county health care trips due to the trip time, the wait time, and due to the total number of healthcare trip requests that we receive on a daily and monthly basis.
For both van and volunteer medical transportation, there is a suggested donation of $5 per round trip for in-county trips and $20 per round trip for out-of-county trips. However, no one will be denied access to medical transportation due to the inability to donate.