Ridge Oak has access to volunteer assistance for tenants requiring transportation to non-emergency medical appointments. Tenants must have exhausted all other resources for transportation assistance before Ridge Oak volunteer resources are utilized. These other resources include:
At least five business days notice is required to arrange for volunteer transportation assistance. Generally, volunteer transportation assistance can be arranged for appointments scheduled during weekday business hours. Volunteers are available for local appointments in town or in neighboring communities. Volunteers reserve the right to decline to provide assistance based upon individual circumstances, availability and geography. Many of our volunteers are elderly themselves, so helping another resident with a mobility impairment, memory impairment or other special needs may be difficult. Tenants should follow these guidelines when requesting transportation assistance:
In case of an appointment cancellation or inclement weather it is the responsibility of the tenant to contact the volunteer to cancel or re-schedule the appointment. If the volunteer cannot accommodate the re-scheduled appointment the tenant must make alternate arrangements or contact the office to request assistance.
• Transportation Options
Bernards Township Parks and Recreation Department runs a weekly shopping bus trip. No charge for the ride, pick-up at Felmeth Hall or Village 12. You must pre-register the day before each trip by phoning 908-204-4616. See www.bernards.org for each month’s trips
Lakeland Bus Lines operates between Bernardsville and New York Port Authority with three stops in the Basking Ridge area. The closest stop to Ridge Oak is at S. Finley Ave. & W. Henry St. approximately 12-minute walk from Felmeth Hall (1/2 mi). Call 973-366-0600 or www.lakelandbus.com for schedule and fare information.
Ridge Oak provides frequent shopping routes to Bernardsville, Lyons, Stirling and Gillette. For routine shopping, the bus leaves from Felmeth Hall at 9:45 AM and then stops at Village 12. Return trip time is announced by the driver-approximately Noon. There is no charge for this service. The bus is also available to drive residents to local church services on Sunday. Check the ACORNS for the schedule.
Ridge Oak has a small cadre of volunteer drivers that may be available (with at least 5 business days’ notice) to drive a resident to a local medical appointment. Call the Ridge Oak office at 908-221-0266 to inquire about the availability of volunteer assistance. Have the location and time of your appointment handy when you call.
Somerset County Division of Transportation – Para-Transit Service provides curb to curb transportation to residents who are senior citizens; and people aged 18 or older with functional limitations. Trips to medical appointments have a high priority. If scheduling permits, transportation for other reasons, like grocery shopping, day care and senior centers may be available. At least 48 hours advance notice is required for most reservations and riders must pre-register before scheduling their first ride. Donations are accepted for all trip purposes not covered by a required fare. Additional information is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us. You may request a complete packet of information by calling 908-231-7115 or 1-800-246-0547.
There are a number of taxi companies in the area – Check www.yellowpages.com for area listings or see “at a glance” information below.
NJ Transit railway operates the Gladstone Branch that connects Basking Ridge to Newark and Hoboken transportation hubs. Basking Ridge Station is located at Ridge St. & Depot Place, near Washington Ave., approximately one mile from Felmeth Hall (150 Manchester Drive). For more information and schedules, contact NJ Transit at 973-275-5555 or www.njtransit.com.
* Transportation information is provided as a reference only. Ridge Oak does not guarantee any provider’s current schedule or routing – please contact the provider directly.
Uber and Lyft are new, on-demand, car services that allows you to request a ride from a private driver through a ‘smartphone’ application. The service uses dispatch software to send the nearest available driver to your location. You need to sign up for the service and ‘download’ their application to your smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.) These services charge your ride directly to the credit card on file with your account. Contact Lyft at www.lyft.com/cities/new-jersey or Uber at www.uber.com/cities/new-jersey
* Transportation information is provided as a reference only. Ridge Oak does not guarantee any providers’ current schedule or routing – please contact the provider directly.
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