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Free bus shuttle starting for people in recovery



Recorder Staff
Saturday, November 04, 2017

GREENFIELD — Through an $100,000 grant, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority will start to offer a shuttle service for those seeking treatment and recovery services starting Nov. 6.

The program is an effort to close a widely acknowledged gap in the recovery community that just because there are treatment options, it doesn’t mean there is access to it.

Through this grant, which will extend through to December 2018, residents in the FRTA’s service area will be able to ride a shuttle for free.

“We consistently heard about the lack of transportation,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, who is a co-chair of the Opioid Task Force said in a statement. “We applaud FRTA’s efforts, in collaboration with others, to help secure the necessary funds get this important service off the ground.”

People who acknowledge they are getting treatment or in recovery can go to one of four locations, three in Greenfield and one in Athol, to fill out an application to get the pass to ride the shuttle. They can go to the Greenfield-based locations of Clean Slate, The RECOVER Project or the Upper Pioneer Valley Veteran’s Services District. They can also go to the North Quabbin Community Coalition in Athol.

The “Freedom Shuttle” as it will be called will be available Monday to Friday and will help service hill towns. It will start at 7:15 a.m. at Buckland Library, then head to Ashfield and Conway, and then head into Greenfield.

People who sign up for the shuttle pass will also be eligible for a two-month fixed bus route pass.

“Having ready access to transportation is crucial to an individual’s success as they recover from a substance use disorder,” Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan, also a task force co-chair, said in a release. “It allows them the freedom to get their lives back on track.”

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 264