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Shared bus rides offered to get to vaccination sites

Individuals on their way to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may contact River Valley Transit to arrange a free ride, River Valley Transit officials said.

“It is for any person in the community served by River Valley Transit throughout the pandemic,” said Adam Winder, general manager of River Valley Transit at 1500 W. Third St.

“We have to be responsible to our community and be sure that transportation service is available to those in need during this time,” Winder said.

Residents that live in the River Valley Transit service area may request a trip by noon the day prior to their appointment, he said. “They also must have a confirmed COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the location they are requesting transportation,” he said.

While advanced reservations are required, it’s easy to do so. Simply call 570-326-2500 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Chris Clark, the River Valley Transit fleet manager, said it was Winder’s concept in consultation with Mayor Derek Slaughter to get the free rides to those who might be scheduled at a certain time and day and be unable to meet the appointment.

“We wanted to help our community,” Clark said. “We wanted to help in the pandemic reduction.”

For the safety of passengers and bus operators, River Valley Transit requires riders to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance between others at all times and wash hands or use sanitizer frequently throughout the day.

For more information visit www.rideRVT.com.

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