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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

Public Notice

Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, will take public comments on a proposed fare increases for Bay Transit’s deviated fixed-route bus service from $0.50 to $1.00 per ride effective September 1, 2022. The proposed rate increase will only effect Bay Transit’s deviated fixed-route services in West Point, Gloucester and Tappahannock beginning on September 1st, as well as seasonal trolley service in Colonial Beach, Urbanna, and (potentially) Kilmarnock/ White Stone/ Irvington beginning Memorial Day weekend of 2023.

Public hearings will be held at:

· Bay Transit’s Gloucester office at 5959 Fiddlers Green Road, on Tuesday, August 16th, from 1 to 2 PM.

· Bay Transit’s Warsaw office at 111 Commerce Parkway, on Wednesday, August 17th, from 6 to 7 PM.

If you need transportation to either public hearing, please call 877-869-6046 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a free ride. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 PM on Thursday, August 18th. Please submit written comments to:

Ken Pollock

Transit Director

PO Box 610

Urbanna, VA 23175

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“Cacophony” Makes a Beautiful Noise by Taking First Place Honors at ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 Reception and Awards Ceremony!

The 2022 ‘Art in Transit’ reception and awards ceremony at the RAL Art Center in Kilmarnock on Friday evening, May 20th, culminated with the unveiling of a copy of the first-place entry on the side of a Bay Transit bus. This year’s first-place winner was Lancaster County resident Mel (Mary Ellen) Neale, whose pastel painting, “Cacophony”, wowed the audience as the bus pulled up to the front of the RAL Art Center. From among the forty submissions ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 received this year, Ms. Neale took home the first-place check for $700 for her inspiring painting.
Mrs. Neale, who has painted since childhood, was an art major in college and taught art in public schools in Virginia, primarily at the secondary level. After leaving teaching, Mel and her husband Tom cruised aboard a 47 ft. motorsailer full-time on the east coast of the United States and in the Bahamas with their two daughters. While cruising, Mel painted local scenery and numerous commissioned paintings yachts, homes, islands, and other scenes. Mel paints in both acrylics and watercolor, but more recently she has returned to her first love, pastels, especially the luscious soft ones.
Mel is a member and exhibiting artist of the Rappahannock Art League (RAL) Art Center and a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society. Her first-place finish at ‘Art in Transit’ 2.0 adds to a myriad of recent honors and awards including the first-place award for the 2021 RAL Annual Labor Day Art Show. Please join Bay Transit and the RAL Art Center in congratulating Mel Neale for her first-place finish this year and be sure to look for the Bay Transit bus with a copy of “Cacophony” on the side of it.

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.

Click here for more information

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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 knewman@bayaging.org.

Career Opportunities: Become a Bay Transit ‘Hero’ by applying today!

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“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.

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“Incredibly rewarding work,” says Reggie Johnson, who has been a Bay Transit driver for nine years.

Out of an abundance of caution, please be advised that all Bay Transit offices will not be accepting visitors until further notice. Bay Transit continues to operate many of our services and can be contacted by calling the Bay Transit Ride Line at (877) 869-6046.

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 l-r Patti Balderson, Doris Thompson Maxine Veney, Mary Lankford, Princess Wise, Dina Cunningham

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l-r Rosa Harrington, Amber Pryor, Claudia Pratt, Debbie Brown

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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.

Thank you for riding Bay Transit.

4/19/2022

 

Help Keep Our Drivers & Passengers Safe

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Bay Transit has recently completed a comprehensive development plan update which can be viewed here

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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Beehive Express Buss

There is now a route connecting Gloucester Courthouse with Gloucester Point.  For details, click below

Now Serving Our Region!!

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CALL TOLL FREE—24 HOURS A DAY—TO SCHEDULE YOUR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS!

1.877.869.6046

PLEASE CALL 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

FARES ARE VERY LOW—$12.00 FOR A BOOKLET OF 10 TICKETS

Current Bay Transit Fares

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Do you know about the New Freedom Program?

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Bay Transit serves 12 counties in Southeastern Virginia and logs over one million miles each year. Click here for more information on how Bay Transit advertising can work for you!

MEDCARRY

MEDCARRY provides non-emergency medical transportation to persons 60 years and older that live in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

For more information about this program click  here

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!

For a listing of local Bay Transit offices click Contact Us

For Civil Rights and Americans with Disabilities Act Title VI Notifications Information click here

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.

Ken Pollock

Transit Director

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.