HAMPSTEAD – The Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation, better known as CART, on Monday launched a new service, the Hampstead Shuttle.
CART is the first public transit service in the Greater Derry-Salem region of Southern New Hampshire. The Hampstead Shuttle will provide regularly scheduled demand-response service to medical appointments and other destinations between Hampstead and Londonderry.
The service began Monday, March 10, and provides priority service to seniors and disabled persons requiring transportation. However, the service is available for the general public as well.
The shuttle service is free.
The Hampstead Shuttle will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a regular schedule for trips between Hampstead and Londonderry. The schedule follows:
• 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Demand Response trips between Hampstead and Londonderry and Derry.
• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Demand Response trips in Hampstead.
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Demand Response trips between Hampstead and Londonderry/Derry.
• 12:45. to 1:45 p.m. Demand Response between Hampstead and Londonderry/Derry.
• 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Demand Response trips in Hampstead.
• 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Demand Response trips between Hampstead and Londonderry/Derry.
• 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Demand Response trips in Hampstead.
• 3:45. to 4:30 p.m. Demand Response trips between Hampstead and Londonderry/Derry.
Riders must call ahead to schedule pick-up on the days the shuttle is running. To schedule a ride, call the CART operations center at 434-3569 at least 24 hours prior to the desired trip day and no later than 5 p.m. the day before. If an individual needs to return to Hampstead after the times the shuttle runs, CART will provide the rider with information on resources available. If riders are over 65 and on Medicaid, CART has taxi vouchers available.
The Hampstead Shuttle is operated by Easter Seals New Hampshire Transportation Services.
According to Annette Stoller, CART executive director, “This is going to be a very convenient and much needed service for seniors and others in the Hampstead community who are in need of safe and reliable transportation to medical appointments and other needs.”
CART continues to provide a shared ride public transportation service that serves residents of Chester, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry and Salem. In addition to the Hampstead Shuttle, CART also operates regularly scheduled, fixed-route shuttle service for the Derry/Londonderry and Salem communities.
CART is funded by participating towns, with those contributions matched by federal transportation funds. It began operating in October 2006 and since then has provided more than 93,829 rides for area residents covering 1.2 million miles driven. The Hampstead Shuttle was initiated by popular demand.
At the kick-off ceremony in Hampstead for the new service on Monday morning, one of the riders on the bus, William Cook, 82, a regular Hampstead rider on CART, said, “I ride the bus for dialysis visits. It is an excellent service. I don’t know what I would do without it.”
Fred Roberge of Easter Seals said that last year CART provided 700 rides for Hampstead residents and since the service started, CART has served 133 unduplicated Hampstead residents.
To learn more about CART, visit www.cart-rides.org or call 437-9999.