Keeping MyRide affordable to elderly

Greater New Haven Transit District website.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The was a price hike for people who use the Greater New Haven Transit District, but officials want to make sure everyone can still afford to catch a ride.

We’re not talking about regular bus stops, it’s about what’s called MyRide. It’s run by the Greater New Haven Transit District, but it’s a service that the elderly and disabled can call to get a ride, usually to doctor’s appointments, the store, and things like that.

At the beginning of the year the price for one of those rides went from $2.60 to $3. And while 40-cents a ride might not seem like much, for folks on a fixed and limited income, 40-cents a ride each way quickly adds up. That’s why the Greater New Haven Transit District Foundation is launching a campaign today to try to raise enough money to roll back those rates to where they used to be. It’s called “It Makes Cents”.

The transit district’s website has a video highlighting how quickly 40 cents per ride can add up if you go to the doctor’s office, and the bank, and the supermarket and then the drug store. The foundation says the increase created a hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The campaign kicks off this afternoon with help from Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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