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Funding cut to senior bus service in Hamden

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A bus service to help Hamden senior citizens get where they need to go is hitting the red light, but a state representative is fighting to keep it going. (WFSB) A bus service to help Hamden senior citizens get where they need to go is hitting the red light, but a state representative is fighting to keep it going. (WFSB)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A bus service to help Hamden senior citizens get where they need to go is hitting the red light, but a state representative is fighting to keep it going.

The service, which has set times and days, will be cut in about two weeks from the Davenport-Dunbar Senior Residences in Hamden.

The bus company said it’s because not many seniors are using it and funding has dropped.

“I believe there will be a better benefit to the region by using these funds rather than a small group of locations that already have other mobility options,” said Greater New Haven Transportation Executive Director Kim Dunham.

But State Rep. Michael D’Agostino is against slashing the service.

“These residents rely on this service as a link, literally to the outside world. They cannot use a regular bus but need paratransit services and that's what was being provided," D’Agostino said.

Since the decision has already been made, Hamden’s mayor has stepped in to supply a senior bus service, but it won’t take seniors just anywhere like “My Ride” has.

Christine Hargreaves uses My Ride twice per week for shopping. Many also use it for getting to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy.

“That's why we are trying to fight it because we have no bus another way to get up there," Hargreaves said.

The bus company is working to add bus routes, but it would cost more money.

The company will be visiting with seniors within the next few weeks to come up with a solution.

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