Traveling around Bergen County is difficult for most seniors. Many people have family that work or no family around and rely on friends to get them around. There are a few alternatives with town sponsored Senior busing, the Senior busing of Bergen County and Access ride, all sponsored to help get people around. One other option is EZ Ride. My disclaimer is that all services are at your discretion and you must form your own option by using them all.
EZ Ride is manned by volunteer drivers who drive their cars and help others. For more than 25 years, they have worked to improve the quality of life for our clients by providing transportation solutions.
During the last year alone, they managed more than half-a-million passenger trips, saving more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline a day, while providing convenient and reliable mobility throughout the state’s most densely populated counties.
In addition to their new FLEX-T Mobility Partner, we manage the state’s largest Carpool, Vanpool and Shuttle services for the corporate community and its employees, municipalities, universities and area colleges.
Their shuttles are equipped with GPS, Mobile Data Terminals and in-vehicle cameras to ensure safe, convenient travel every day of the year.
EZ Ride also offers bicycle and pedestrian services, car sharing and transportation services for older adults and people with reduced mobility using a team of volunteer drivers. To learn more about this and what they can do for you and your company, visit http://www.ezride.org.
EZ RIDE Volunteering:
With our cars and your driving, you can make the difference. Let’s face it, you’ve been lucky in life. Not everyone has been. All around us are neighbors who would love to have opportunities that we take for granted. Many are not able to drive, have a disability or can’t access public transportation.
You can offer a vital link that allows them to get back and forth to work, visit a relative or doctor, even do their grocery shopping. We make it an EZ Ride by providing the cars, gas and insurance.
Join our volunteer drivers network and make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering to drive. Your driving helps to make transportation affordable and keeps fares to a minimum.
For the safety of the riders and drivers alike, you must:
*Be at least 21 years old
*Have a current New Jersey drivers license
*Have a clean driving record for at least three years and no criminal record
*Be reliable, punctual and have good interpersonal skills
*Agree to an interview and background check
Our volunteers report a sense of reward that comes with helping others. In addition, they also receive:
*Volunteers can accumulate or ‘bank’ a ride for every 4 hour shift they work. Riders can be saved or transferred to others but must be used within the calendar year they are rewarded.
*Driver Safety Course
How to get started now:
Complete and submit an application form at http://www.ezride.org or call the volunteer coordinators at (201)939-4242 or fax (201)939-2630.
* the brochure from which this information comes from states that this does not take the place of your insurance policy or legal advice. Refer to your insurance plan or attorney with specific questions. You may also review the web page for frequently asked questions.
*Volunteers over 65 are asked to provide a physician’s note verifying fitness to drive.
For more information:
Call Monday-Friday: 8am to 4pm
144 Park Place East
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075
Program supported by:
National Center for Senior Transportation
The ARC of Monmouth County
*Note: all information has been taken from the EZ Ride pamphlet. Things change all the time so call first for updated information.