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ET: Londonderry eyes own senior transport service

From the Eagle Tribune:

Londonderry eyes own senior transport service
By Ray Carbone Apr 27, 2016

LONDONDERRY — Town Councilor Joe Green says the town needs a supplemental transportation system to provide services to neglected elderly residents, and he’s hoping people get a chance to consider the idea at next year’s annual Town Meeting.

“It’s a very, very important issues in the town of Londonderry,” Green said Tuesday. “We’re dealing with the very important needs of senior citizens.”

At a recent meeting of the council, Green suggested town leaders consider establishing a municipally-owned and operated program to supplement the Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART). The new system would use two transportation vans and volunteer drivers; it would be managed by staff members, he’s suggested.

Green said today’s senior citizens are used to being self-sufficient, so they may not be openly vocal about their complaints with CART’s services.

“These guys are suffering silently,” he said. “But I have constituents that are telling me that CART hasn’t worked for them.”

The complaints involve regularly scheduled CART trips to the Londonderry Senior Center, as well as individual trips for medical visits and service, said Green, who is the council’s liaison to Londonderry’s Senior Affair Committee.

However, Senior Affairs Director Maggie Blash, who manages the Londonderry Senior Center, said she’s not heard any complaints about CART’s services recently.

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Updated: April 28, 2016 — 10:27 AM

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  1. I’m Sure Councilor Green will be reading all those complaints into the record at Mondays Town council meeting!

    Green indicated that he’s heard from some people who doubt the extent of the problem, so he’s asking people to contact him through his office phone, 603-432-1100 ext. 168 about the issue.

    “I don’t care if hundreds of people call me,” he said. “I’m tired of people telling me it’s not a problem when I’m hearing from so many people that it is.”

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