Bus rides for seniors
New London offers public transportation
Lori Schneider, transit bus manager for the city of New London, reminds residents that there is a public transportation option available.
“You may have seen the white bus scooting around town, sporting the graphics ‘Go With Us, Ride The Bus,’” Schneider said.
New London’s transit bus serves seniors and those 18 and older with disabilities who reside in the city of New London.
Rides are available to and from New London locations on weekdays and by appointment.
“Call the bus phone line 24-hours a day at 920-982-8522 and let us know where you need to go,” Schneider said. “Leave a message. We return calls on weekdays.”
Bus drivers deliver riders anywhere they want to go within the city limits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The city provides this transportation service and appreciates a $3 donation for a round trip.
A caretaker is able to ride free. Certified service dogs are allowed on the bus, but not companion dogs.
“Then, when you are done at the doctor, at Walmart or Walgreens, at church or a resale shop, at the dentist, a friend’s house or the grocery store, call our bus driver to swing around and return you safely home,” Schneider said.
The transit bus has a lift to accommodate riders who are in wheelchairs or scooters, or require walkers.
“Many times we call the Waupaca County Volunteer Transportation hotline at 715-258-6279 to connect riders for appointments outside the city of New London,” Schneider said. “It is a great service and compliments our transit bus option.”
Schneider looks forward to what the Lutheran Social Services Make A Ride Happen program will do for New London’s younger citizens who cannot use the senior transit bus.
They may not have their own car and need rides to work, medical appointments or job interviews.
The number for Make A Ride Happen is 920-225-1719.
“I am happy to know that ThedaCare has provided funding for this Make A Ride Happen program for a year, and hope to see it continue,” Schneider said.