Rabbit Transit expands rides for vets
- Veterans can get free rides to the Lebanon VA five days a week
- The expanded service begins Monday
York County veterans won't be left without a ride to or from the Lebanon veteran's hospital after an anonymous donor gave $20,000 to expand a volunteer-driven veteran's ride program.
Richard Farr, executive director of Rabbit Transit, said the donation, as well as other monetary contributions, allows the program to be expanded to five days a week — up from three days — and means the transportation provider will get a larger 18-passenger handicap-accessible van for the route.
An eight-passenger van once used on the route isn't handicap accessible, and its small size meant people escorting veterans weren't always guaranteed a seat, he said.
The new van, which goes into service this week, will make twice daily runs to the Lebanon VA Medical Center.
Veterans can hitch a ride for free, and escorts can also ride along, Farr told commissioners during their weekly meeting Wednesday.
The program is a joint initiative between Rabbit Transit and York County Veterans Affairs, said Terry Gendron, executive director of the affairs office.
The expanded service starts Monday.
- Service offered Monday through Friday.
- Shuttles depart at 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- Shuttles depart from East York VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2251 Eastern Blvd, in Springettsbury Township.
- This transportation is free to veterans from York County, and escorts are permitted.
- Veterans can call 1-800-632-9063 to schedule a trip or book a reservation online at www.FindMyRidePA.com.
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