Friday, January 13th, 2012
Riders using the Morris Area Paratransit System may now reserve their trips by e-mail at [email protected]
MAPS is Morris County’s curb-to-curb transportation service for senior citizens, people with disabilities and individuals living in rural areas of the county.
According to Theresa Davis, director of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services, reservations by e-mail will help enhance the efficiency of the MAPS service and will make it more convenient for riders to book their trips.
E-mail is checked on a daily basis and responded to within 24 hours. The e-mail system can also be used to alert riders of service delays or cancellations because of inclement weather or other circumstances.
MAPS rides may still be reserved by telephone by calling 888-282-6277 in the Greater Morris Region; 973-208-6123 in Jefferson Township; and 973-835-8885 in Butler, Kinnelon, Riverdale, Pequannock and Lincoln Park, Davis said.
Weekday transportation using small buses, cars, minivans and station wagons is provided by MAPS to various locations including medical facilities and education and employment sites, said Hope Hezel, the division’s director of special transportation.
MAPS operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during normal business days, and because of the heavy demand for service, riders are asked to make their reservations at least 48 hours to one week in advance, Hezel said.
Ridership has increased 19 percent since 2006, with more than 70,000 one-way trips made for 1,755 clients last year alone, Hezel said.
MAPS travels within Morris County, and may be able to take riders a short distance outside of the county.
The service is funded by the county, as well as with federal dollars and revenue from Atlantic City casinos under the New Jersey Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program.
There is no charge for MAPS rides, but donations from riders are accepted, and certain rides may have a cost share applied, Hezel said.
Additional information about MAPS may be obtained online at www.morrishumanservices.org, or by calling the MAPS office at 973-829-8103 or 888-282-6277.