Did you know that Essex is the only community in the state of Vermont to offer free Senior Van transportation for residents? Any resident of the Essex community, over the age of 60, may use the senior van for in-town rides at no cost. Examples of how our seniors use the van: doctor appointments, trips to the gym, hair and nail appointments, grocery shopping, or visiting friends/family. There are even a few locations across the border into Williston and Colchester that transportation is provided for medical appointments.
The vans are equipped with a wheelchair lift and operate weekly during daytime hours.
Leave the Driving to Us
Due to recent events, state and nationwide, regarding COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), we are taking proactive steps to reinstate transportation service to our 60+ community, with certain modifications. All riders and drivers will be asked to wear a mask or face shield when on the van. If you do not have either, one will be provided to you on the day of your ride. Our priority is keeping everyone as healthy as we can with limited exposure and within our best efforts and control. This not only includes, you – our rider – but also our drivers and general staff.
CURRENTLY – we will provide transportation Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am-2 pm for the following services:
- Pharmacy/prescription pickups
- Grocery shopping
- Doctor appointments
- Essex Area Senior Center
- Fanny Allen
- Hair or nail appointments
- Fitness centers
How to schedule your ride:
First, please complete and return the Van Service Application: Van Service Application
Please call the van phone line at 802-878-6940 on Mondays between 9 am-2 pm to schedule your rides for that week. Leave a message with pertinent information (Name, address, phone number, destination, day, and time of appointment), and a staff member will call and confirm your ride later in the day after 2 pm. Mondays will now be the call-in day for any appointment/ transportation need for the whole week. You will not need to call the day before an appointment going forward. If you call for a ride AFTER 2 pm, your reservation is not guaranteed. If this is an urgent appointment, please call 802-876-5087 and leave a message for Nicole. She will be in contact with you and if accommodations can be made, she will confirm your transportation need at that time.
The van currently provides rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9-2 pm.
*Inclement weather: should the Essex Westford School District cancel school due to inclement weather, the Essex Senior Vans will also cancel service for that day.
We will communicate updates and/or any changes and encourage everyone to follow updated information provided by the Center of Disease Control and VT Department of Health. https://www.healthvermont.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/
Please remember that information and services are subject to change at any time related to driver availability and/or COVID-19 guidance from the Governor’s office.
BEFORE YOU CALL FOR A RIDE AND ON THE DAY OF YOUR RIDE:
Please review the following questionnaire. If you answer YES to any of the questions, please cancel your appointment or find alternate transportation.
1.) Do you have any of the following?
-Fever – an oral temperature of 100.4 or greater
-Shortness of breath within the most recent 2 weeks
2.) Are you ill or caring for someone who is ill? (Visitors who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should indicate as much).