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Bay Transit and RAL Art Center Partner in First Ever ‘Art in Transit’ Exhibit
Winning artist received $700 first prize and their work is displayed on Bay Transit bus
Bay Transit, the RAL Art Center, and Gander Design held the first ever ‘Art in Transit’ competition and exhibition this October to help commemorate Bay Transit’s 25th Anniversary. The award winners were recognized at the ‘Art in Transit’ Reception in Kilmarnock on Friday night, October 29th. The culmination of the reception occurred when the first-place entry was unveiled on the side of a Bay Transit bus to the delight of the audience.
To reveal the first-place winner, Bay Transit Director Ken Pollock asked the audience to join him on the sidewalk in front of the RAL Art Center. As the front doors were opened, there was a Bay Transit bus with Brenda M. Sylvia’s acrylic painting, “Jumping for Joy” displayed on the side of the bus. “I feel really honored, and it looks great on the bus,” Ms. Sylvia said. “I’m getting ready to cry.” After Pollock presented Ms. Sylvia with the $700 first-place check and her Bay Transit 25th anniversary tumbler, she used a permanent marker to sign and date her artwork on the bus.
Bay Transit Express is the Gloucester Courthouse area’s first-ever ride share service. Think of us like a minibus that comes when you want, where you want — give us your pickup and drop off addresses, and we’ll provide a few ride options. Choose the one that works best for you and we’ll send a driver your way.
Demand Surges for Bay Transit’s New Freedom Program Services
New Freedom is a transportation service providing seniors and individuals with disabilities the ability to attend medical appointments, shop, work and attend social and recreational events even for travel outside of Bay Transit’s service area and/or service hours. Participants pay a nominal fee for each round trip. For round trips of fifty miles or less, there is a five-dollar fare. For round trip journeys greater than fifty miles the fare is only ten dollars.
Katherine Newman, Bay Transit’s New Freedom Program Manager, has been managing Bay Transit’s New Freedom program since 2013 and is a passionate advocate for program participants. New Freedom is funded through a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to serve all twelve counties in Bay Transit’s service area. Because these federal funds are limited, program participation is limited to not more than two round trip rides per month. A partnership with the MedCarry Volunteer Transportation program supplements New Freedom to help address additional demand. “Individuals of any age with disabilities qualify to participate in New Freedom whether they have a short-term disability such as a broken leg or they are rehabilitating after surgery,” Newman said. “Those with long-term disabilities, mental health disabilities, with mobility issues or chronic health issues are also eligible to participate.” About ninety percent of New Freedom trips are outside of Bay Transit’s service area to typical destinations such as the VA Medical Centers in Richmond and Hampton, regional hospitals in Newport News and for medical services in Fredericksburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, and Norfolk.
For more information about Bay Transit’s New Freedom program, to inquire about driving for Bay Transit, or volunteering to be a MedCarry driver, call or email Katherine Newman today at (804) 824-2546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Opportunities: Become a Bay Transit ‘Hero’ by applying today!
“I like helping people,” says Mike Wallisch, who has been a Bay Transit driver for two years.
Looking for a career opportunity where you will work with a great team and make a real difference in the community? Bay Transit is seeking part time drivers with excellent driving records and customer service skills in Gloucester and Middlesex Counties and the Town of West Point. You must have a valid Virginia driver’s license for at least one year; high school diploma or GED required; be at least twenty-one years of age. Three or more years driving experience is preferred. Driving positions may require some evening and weekend work for special transportation requests. $12.50 per hour; applications available here or at any of the Bay Transit offices in New Kent, Gloucester, and Warsaw. For an application or more information, call or email Pat Sanders today at (804) 250-2019 ext.1114 or e-mail Pat Sanders. EOE.
“Incredibly rewarding work,” says Reggie Johnson, who has been a Bay Transit driver for nine years.
l-r Patti Balderson, Doris Thompson Maxine Veney, Mary Lankford, Princess Wise, Dina Cunningham
l-r Rosa Harrington, Amber Pryor, Claudia Pratt, Debbie Brown
l-r Ms. Arnita Bryant, and Bay Transit drivers Howard Veney, Robert Johnson, Edwin Clark and Bobby Brooks.
Bay Transit “heroes” providing outstanding customer service to our riders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bay Transit Covid-19 Service Update
Bay Transit continues to operate as normal:
- We are conducting employee health checks for all Bay Transit employees at the beginning of their shift every day, including checking for COVID-19 symptoms and taking their temperature.
- All buses are being disinfected several times a day.
- On demand service is available throughout the service area from Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM.
- As customers call in to schedule rides, they are pre-screened.
- To facilitate social distancing while on the bus, we limit buses to a maximum of three people and have seats taped off to keep riders separated and away from the bus driver and other riders.
- In coordination with area hospitals, Bay Transit has suspended stops at Urgent Care facilities and hospitals along our fixed route lines in Gloucester and Essex County.
- As customers call in to schedule rides, we are asking them to limit travel to essential rides to work, medical appointments, the bank and shopping for necessities.
- Whenever possible, we are asking riders to wear face masks while riding on Bay Transit buses.
If You Are Sick, Don’t Ride the Bus
- No Fever of 100.4 or Higher
- No Chills, Coughing, Sore Throat or Shortness of breath
Keep Your Distance
- Stay 6 Feet Away From Driver
- Walk Quickly Past the Driver
- Stay 6 Feet Away from Other Passengers
Mask Mandate Update:
Effective immediately, Bay Transit passengers and drivers will no longer be required to wear a mask onboard the bus. Masks are optional, and Bay Transit will continue to support those passengers and drivers who wish to wear a mask. Bay Transit encourages all persons to wear masks while on the bus, especially older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems.
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Middle Peninsula Rideshare – your long-distance commute connection to Richmond, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia/D.C. and beyond
Bay Transit is a non-profit community transit service serving the counties of Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.
Bay Transit provides on-demand service and offers a handful of fixed routes in some communities. We operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Bay Transit is the ONLY public transportation provider in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. In 2017, Bay Transit provided nearly 150,000 rides
and over 40% were work related.
Bay Transit also provides the same quality, dependable transportation service
for the citizens of New Kent and Charles City counties!
CANCELLATION AND NO-SHOW POLICY
In order to better serve our riders Bay Transit has instituted a no-show policy:
Three (3) no-shows or five (5) same-day cancellations within a six month period will result in a 30 day suspension of riding privileges or a $25.00 dollar fine.
When you schedule a ride with Bay Transit it often means another person cannot be scheduled at the same time. When you cancel at the last minute or do not show up for the ride you have taken a seat away from another rider. The no-show and cancellation policy is meant to help us prevent this from happening.
We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you.
Bay Transit (a division of Bay Aging) hereby gives public notice that it is Bay Transit’s policy to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1A, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. Title VI requires that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any FTA program or other activity for which Bay Transit receives Federal financial assistance.