Rides for all People of all Ages
We believe that every citizen must be assured accessible and safe transportation to the local destination of their choice without regard for disability, age, or economic status
Bay Transit Dispatchers Complete Leadership Institute Program
Congratulations to Bay Transit’s Josephine Reed and Dina Cunningham for graduating from the 2020 Bay Aging Leadership Institute! Pictured from left to right are: Pat Sanders, Operations Manager, and Josephine Reed, Dispatcher. Pictured in the second photo are: Princess Wise, Regional Supervisor, Dina Cunningham, Dispatcher, and Ken Pollock, Director.
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. $10.00 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.
- To minimize passenger and driver interaction, Bay Transit has suspended all fare collection. That means all passengers ride for free until further notice.
- 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
- Do Not Pay Fare – it has been suspended (See above)
- Walk Quickly Past the Driver
- Stay 6 Feet Away from Other Passengers
As ordered by the Governor, beginning Friday, May 29th, ALL Bay Transit drivers and passengers are required to wear face masks when boarding, riding and alighting from Bay Transit buses. If you are ten years old or older you must wear a mask while riding on Bay Transit.
Help Keep Our Drivers & Passengers Safe
NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE IS UNDERWAY!
Bay Transit is running three deviated fixed public transportation routes.
Rides are $0.50 cents, transfers from other Bay Transit transportation are free.
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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!
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.