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Spring Free Transit Pass – Dutchess County Public Transit

City of Poughkeepsie Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Can Apply Now
to Ride Free On Dutchess County Public Transit in April And May

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, announced in his State of the City message that Dutchess County Public Transit will offer special opportunities for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities, who have proof of residence in the City of Poughkeepsie, to take advantage of the newly enhanced Dutchess County Public Transit bus routes.

Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive, said Dutchess County’s Public Transit’s expanded route system is for everybody. “With the City of Poughkeepsie integrated into the County system and many of our routes enhanced based on user feedback, bus service is more sustainable and more efficient for both residents and visitors.”

Mayor Rolison added: “The revised transit services will have at least one bus route serve the front door of each major senior and/or public housing complex. With front door access to shopping, medical centers, pharmacies, social services, education, recreation and quality-of-life activities for City of Poughkeepsie residents, this is a golden opportunity to explore not only the City of Poughkeepsie, but beautiful Dutchess County, in the spring.”

Spring Free Transit Pass for Qualified Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Beginning March 24th, free Dutchess County Public Transit passes will be available for City of Poughkeepsie Seniors presenting proof of age 60 years and older and Persons with Disabilities who have an ADA, Special Transit ID, or Medicare card for a period of two months (April and May 2018) through the use of 31-Day passes (two can be applied for at the same time). The pass can be used to travel anywhere on the Dutchess County Public Transit system, excluding Dial-a-Ride services.

Free Transit Pass Opportunity Funded by New York State

Mayor Rolison stated that funding for the Spring Free Transit Pass was provided by New York State. He said, “The City of Poughkeepsie thanks the N.Y.S. Governor’s Division of the Budget Office and the N.Y.S. Financial Restructuring Board for funding the City/County transit consolidation. We also thank the Federal Transit Administration team at Region II, the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation, and the many stakeholders who worked tirelessly to assure a long-term, efficient and sustainable public bus system for our City.” County Executive Molinaro congratulated Dutchess County Public Transit and noted, “The route revisions are already resulting in increased ridership around Dutchess County. We hope that when people realize how easy it is to use these routes to where they need to go, it will increase even more.”

Information Sessions:

Staff from Dutchess County Public Transit will be available at the following locations to answer questions about the program and to offer assistance in applying for the pass:

  • St. Simeon – Tuesday, April 3rd, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Maplewood – Wednesday, April 4th, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Interfaith Towers – Friday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Phillip Allen Schwartz Residence– Friday, April 6th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where to Apply for a Free Transit Pass

Application forms will be available at:
Poughkeepsie City Chamberlain’s Office
First Floor of City Hall
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Bus Routes A, B, C, D, E, H, J, K, L, M and P serve this facility.

Dutchess County Public Transit Offices
14 Commerce Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Open Monday through Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Bus Route E services this facility.

Public Transit Information Line: (845) 473-8424

Applications will also be available at the following locations:
St. Simeon, 700 Second Mile Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
134 Cannon Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Maplewood 457 Maple Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Interfaith Towers 66 Washington Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phillip Allen Schwartz Residence 378 Mansion Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Poughkeepsie Transit Hub 11-13 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601