Did you know that you can get a bus to pick you up right outside your home and take you to work, or grocery shopping, or to a doctor’s appointment? And, if you are 60 or older, you may give a voluntary contribution in lieu of the normal fare for one round trip service per week. The driver will even help you on and off the bus with packages, though they can’t bring them into your home. And if you’re commuting to work, you may even be eligible for a free bus pass! There are also free shuttle buses leaving from park-and-ride lots in New Paltz and Highland that can link you up to Metro-North trains, and help you cut down on the hassle of commuting.
Many people don’t know about Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT). You may have seen their buses around, but not known anyone who uses them. These buses are convenient and the service is user-friendly. It is indeed the best kept secret, and may be especially helpful to families with limited transportation options or with handicap requirements (wheelchair lifts are available). Bike racks are also available on most buses. If you’re interested, please contact UCAT directly www.ulstercountyny.gov/ucat or 888-827-UCAT(8228). They can let you know how their service can work for you.