From the Township of Maplewood:
South Orange and Maplewood residents age 65 and older can sign up to receive 4 free rides a month (up to $10 per ride) for May and June through a pilot program with Gogo Grandparent!
On-demand ride services are a growing business sector that provide door-to-door service, any day of the week, any time of the day. You may have heard of some of them, like Lyft or Uber. Usually, on-demand ride services require customers to use an app on a computer or smart phone. Gogo Grandparent connects clients to on-demand services without the need for smart phones, and with extra services like prescreened drivers, remembering your personalized needs and communicating with you and your family. We have chosen Gogo Grandparent (GGGP) because of their proven track record in many cities and success with our healthy aging colleagues Tri-town 55+ Coalition in nearby by Madison and the Chathams.
What will this offer mean for residents? An expansion of transportation options. GGGP can be used to take you where or when the senior buses don’t run. You can use it to go to anevening SOPAC performance or weekend movie, to a doctor’s appointment, an evening program at the libraries or shopping. If the ride is more than $10, the difference will be billed towards the rider’s credit card. From many addresses, the $10 credit can get you as far as Livingston Mall or can be applied to a longer ride, like to Morristown, with you paying the additional cost.
The details are:
- Residents 65 and older in zip codes 07040 or 07079 will receive up to 4 one-way rides of up to $10 in May and another 4 in June.
- Residents must set up their own account by calling 1 (855) 464-6872 or online at www.gogograndparent.com, and have a credit card to put on the account.
- Unused rides or monies cannot be rolled over to future rides.
- Residents who already have a GGGP account are entitled to the free rides – GGGP will identify current account holders by zip code.
- You can sign up at any time, but the 4 free $10 rides begin May 1.
- For more information, go to the transportation page on our website or come to one of the information sessions:
- Thursday, April 19, at 12:45 at the South Orange Library
- Tuesday, April 24 at 1pm at the Maplewood Senior Center
- Wednesday, April 25, 10 – 11am Maplewood Town Hall
- Tuesday, May 1, 1 pm at the Village Apartments, 110 Vose Ave