A trip to the Food Lion on August 5, 2020 marked Hanover DASH’s 1,000th trip! Trips to grocery stores, banking or medical appointments are not always a matter of celebration for most members of our community, but for those over the age of 60 or persons with a disability, they are life changing and certainly worthy of celebration. Since its initial launch in December of 2019, Hanover DASH has provided affordable and reliable transportation to nearly 200 registered riders. This service not only provides practical transportation, it enhances one’s quality of life, increases independence and improves the general well-being of those it serves
Mr. Maynard Nolen has been enjoying this level of independence since he registered with Hanover DASH in February. He has utilized the service for more than 100 trips during that time. His trip to the Food Lion, which marked the program’s 1,000th trip, is just one of the types of rides he obtains from Hanover DASH. Mr. Nolan goes to dialysis three times per week. Mr. Nolan said, “It’s been a life saver, taking me to my dialysis appointments.”
The program is supported by grant funds administered by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and funding from Hanover County. The program offers curb-to-curb or door-to-door service contracted through Roundtrip, which brokers individualized transportation services from ride share vendors and registered wheelchair transportation companies.
All riders must be registered before utilizing the service, which includes transportation throughout the county and within a seven-mile area beyond the county border. Trips may include shopping, banking, errands, formal social supports, employment and medical appointments. Service also includes transportation to Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, medical facilities at Stony Point and all Hanover County government buildings.
Through Sept 30, 2020, Hanover DASH is waiving its $6.00 rider co-pay. However, a credit, debit or prepaid card must be on file to cover any $6.00 “no-show” fees.
A short registration form and documentation is required to confirm proof of Hanover County residency, age of 60 years old or over, and/or short term/ long-term disability.
For more details call 804-365-DASH (3274) or visit www.HanoverDASH.org