Last week the Fairhaven and Acushnet Councils on Aging celebrated the arrival of their brand new vans. They were able to purchase the new vans through an $86,000 grant Coastline received from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Mobility Assistance Program. The Councils on Aging also had to contribute a 20% match to receive the funding, which Fairhaven acquired through the town and Acushnet raised from generous local donors.
The vans are a very important resource to both towns because many seniors are no longer able to drive and public transportation is either too sparse or too expensive. The vans are used to take seniors to medical appointments, run errands, or take longer trips on a weekly basis to locations such as Providence Place Mall.
Representative William Straus attended the Fairhaven ribbon cutting and Representative Robert Koczera attended the Acushnet ribbon cutting to show their support for each town’s senior population.
If you or a loved one is 60 years of age or older (55 years of age or older in Acushnet) and needs transportation assistance, please call your local Council on Aging to get more information about their individual transportation schedules. Each Council on Aging’s phone number is listed below:
- Acushnet 508-998-0280
- Dartmouth 508-999-4717
- Fairhaven 508-979-4029
- Marion 508-748-3570
- Mattapoisett 508-758-4110
- New Bedford 508-991-6250
- Rochester 508-763-8723