Reed, RIPTA to roll out community vans for seniors

RIPTA shared a photo of one of the new community vans, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. (WLNE)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Sen. Jack Reed joined the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Tuesday to unveil the first of several vans going communities around the Ocean State.

Reed was joined by Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien to gift the van to the Leon Mathieu Senior Center.

“I am thrilled to help roll out this new community van. It’s a vital link that helps seniors access the services they need, engage with their neighbors and friends, and maintain their independence,” Reed said.

Pawtucket is one of five communities in Rhode Island that will receive a van through the $327,000 in federal funding. The Comprehensive Community Action Program will get a van, as will Westerly, Foster, and Cumberland.

Grebien explained the importance of the new van, saying in part, “This new van will be instrumental in providing transportation to our older adults and people with disabilities who no longer drive to assist them in accessing services to meet their daily living needs. I thank RIPTA for their hard work to make this possible and am excited to see the Leon Mathieu Senior Center Director Mary Lou Moran and her team put the van to good use.”

Each van holds 12 passengers and costs $80,483.

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