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Free Transportation Program For Queens Seniors Extended

A program providing Queens seniors with free transportation to and from medical appointments is being extended amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Created by City Council Member Paul Vallone in 2017, the program enables elderly residents across Queens to schedule next-day rides by calling the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center in Bayside.

Vallone, who represents northeastern Queens, teamed up with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to use $150,000 in city funds to extend the program during the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

“Since my office created the initiative four years ago, the Senior Transportation Program has provided thousands of free rides to and from important medical appointments, and I’m happy to announce that the program will offer this vital service to even more of our borough’s seniors this year,” Vallone said in a statement Thursday.

“Most importantly, the program continues to run during the COVID-19 crisis, providing seniors with some peace of mind during these difficult times.”

The program will last until funding runs out.

To schedule a ride for the following day, seniors should call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at 718-224-7888 between 9 a.m. and noon.

Seniors who use the service will need to fill out a basic application with demographic information and an emergency contact and provide their destination.

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