Mar 17, 2015 9:52 PM
COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation), a transit company servicing the communities of Dover and Portsmouth, announced bus route eliminations after several towns cut funding.
Greenland, Stratham, and Newmarket have all made cuts to funding COAST, resulting in fewer routes through its communities.
Pauline Finocchiaro, a legally blind woman who relied on COAST's Route 7, is just one of many impacted by this decision. Without COAST paratransit, Pauline's husband Ron worries how she and her guide dog Cory will be able to get around.
Steve Fournier, Newmarket Town Administrator, warns that businesses along eliminated routes will also feel the impact of lost business, as former riders take their business to conveniently located big box retailers.
Communities serviced by the bus pay 25% of COAST's $6 million budget, with 15% covered by fares and 60% from the federal government.
If you are impacted by these cuts and in need of assistance, Ready Rides provides transportation for residents in Barrington, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Northwood, Nottingham, and Strafford. Ready Rides volunteers are available to bring residents 55 or older or those with a disability to medical appointments. Learn more about Ready Rides by calling (603) 244-8719 or online at readyrides.org.
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