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Transportation Options

 

Transportation Assistance for Residents - 1

 

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:

 

  • Family & friends
  • Somerset County Department of Transportation 908-231-7116 - No fee
  • Ride Wise 908-704-1011 - Fee for service. Currently awaiting funding for the program. Call for details.

 

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:

 

  • Call the Ridge Oak office (908-221-0266) at least five business days in advance of your appointment and tell the receptionist that you need a ride.
  • Give the date, time and exact location of your appointment.
  • The Ridge Oak office will contact volunteers to request assistance.
  • The volunteer will then contact the tenant directly to arrange pick up/drop off times and location.

 

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/Ridge Oak & Basking Ridge Area*- 2

 

Bernards Township Shopping

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 phoning908-204-4616. See www.bernards.org for each month’s trips.

 

Bus

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 Transportation

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.

 

Ride Connect

Ride Connect provides subsidized transportation to Somerset County residents, 65 years and older, and individuals with special needs. Rides are provided by third party transportation providers. Travel destinations can be anywhere within Somerset County or within 5 miles of the county border. There is an annual membership fee of $40/individual $60/family and each ride is billed at $3.00 per mile. Contact Ride Connect at 908-704-1011or www.ridewise.org. Ride Connect is currently awaiting funding, call for information.

Somerset Para-Transit

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.

 

Taxi

There are a number of taxi companies in the area – Check www.yellowpages.com for area listings or see “at a glance” information below.

 

Train

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 OaRidge 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:

 

  • Family & friends
  • Somerset County Department of Transportation 908-231-7116 - No fee
  • Ride Wise 908-704-1011 - Fee for service. Currently awaiting funding for the program. Call for details.

 

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:

 

  • Call the Ridge Oak office (908-221-0266) at least five business days in advance of your appointment and tell the receptionist that you need a ride.
  • Give the date, time and exact location of your appointment.
  • The Ridge Oak office will contact volunteers to request assistance.
  • The volunteer will then contact the tenant directly to arrange pick up/drop off times and location.

 

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. k does not guarantee any providers’ current schedule or routing – please contact the provider directly.

 

 

Transportation Options/New Ideas - 3

 

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 at a Glance

Name

 

Bernards Township Bus

 

Lakeland Bus

 

NJ Transit Train

 

Ride Connect

 

Ridge Oak Bus

 

Ridge Oak Volunteers

 

Somerset Para-Transit

Phone

 

908-204-4616

 

973-366-0600

 

973-275-5555

 

908-704-1011

 

908-221-0266

 

908-221-0266

 

1-800-246-0547

 

Pick-up Location

 

Felmeth Hall & Village 12

 

S. Finley & W. Henry St.

 

Ridge St. & Depot Place

 

Door to Door

 

Felmeth Hall & Village 12

 

Curbside Pick-up

 

Curbside Pick-up

Type

 

Weekly Shopping Trips

 

New York Port Authority

 

Newark & Hoboken

 

Somerset County area

 

Shopping, Sunday Church

 

Medical Appointments

 

Medical Appts are Priority;    Senior Center; Shopping

 

TAXI Services

Adams Limo & Car

 

Basking Ridge A-1 Car & Limo

 

Bernards Township Car

 

Terry’s Taxi

908-953-0808

 

908-630-0990

 

908-542-1881

 

973-898-6588

*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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