Souhegan Valley Rides achieves 10k milestone
Thursday, April 11, 2013
MILFORD – On March 15, Souhegan Valley Rides, the regional dial-a-ride bus service, provided its 10,000th ride.
Milford resident Jesse Phillips took the 10,000th ride to an appointment in Nashua. To commemorate this milestone, Souhegan Valley Rides board members presented Phillips with a gift bag, including gift cards donated by Walmart of Amherst and the Pasta Loft of Milford, an official Souhegan Valley Rides T-shirt, and a bountiful fruit basket donated by Shaw’s of Milford.
“We are very grateful to these local businesses for their generous support and recognition of Souhegan Valley Rides as a valuable community resource,” said Marcia Nelson, board secretary.
Phillips has been a regular passenger on the “Blue Bus” since the service began in 2008. He said he was delighted by the special recognition and is grateful for the bus service which helps him travel to and from health care appointments. Over the years, Phillips has developed a positive relationship with Paul McManus, the principal Nashua Transit System bus driver covering the Souhegan Valley area. As he and many other passengers have said, “Paul is the greatest!” Phillips was pleased to take part in the festivities by presenting a “Blue Bus” T-shirt to McManus.
Serving the communities of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis and Milford, Souhegan Valley Rides has grown steadily since the first ride was provided in October 2008. Any person in need of transportation assistance who resides in one of these four towns is eligible to use the service. Currently, the bus service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., including travel time to and from the Nashua Transit System garage. While the focus of the service continues to be on health care-related transportation, rides are available for access to social service appointments, local senior activity centers, local town facilities and libraries, and shopping.
For more information about the Souhegan Valley Rides bus service, visit www.SouheganValleyRides.org; pick-up a brochure in participating communities at the local town hall or library, or at SHARE Outreach, Inc. in Milford; email questions to Info@SouheganRides.org; or call 673-8482 to speak with a SVR volunteer.