Project CART – Helping Seniors Get Out and About
Going out into the community is very important to the health and wellbeing of New York’s seniors. NYFSC’s Community Arranged Resident Transportation Program (Project CART) helps connect seniors with the outside world so they do not become isolated. In fact, NYFSC has been providing seniors with free individual and group transportation five days a week for over 30 years! Each year, we help thousands of passengers – 60 and over, including those with wheelchairs, living in Manhattan Community Districts #1 through #8 – get where they need to go.
CART vans take seniors just about everywhere including medical appointments and hospitals, senior centers, entitlements, shopping centers, museums, places of worship, theaters and cultural events. NYFSC also organizes transportation for special group trips around the city to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and even farmers markets, to name but a few. The service can also be called for visits to relatives and friends in hospitals or nursing homes, shopping trips, and banks. In addition, CART offers a more limited private car service for emergencies as well as for medical, social service, entitlement appointments and special events. Seniors enjoy and come to rely on the vans as they get to know the drivers and look forward to their trips around the city. Here’s what they have to say:
“The driver is very helpful and caring. He takes excellent care of everyone as though we are his family. His driving skills are excellent,” says Melissa.
“My pick-up arrives early. He was aware of the traffic tie ups and took a quicker and less crowded route. He is always pleasant and courteous,”says Robert.
The project is funded by the New York City Department for the Aging.