VCU And Bay Transit Partner To Meet Transportation NeedsFree Access


From left: Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Chief of Public Transportation Zach Trogdon, Essex County Supervisor Edwin E. “Bud” Smith, Jr., Tappahannock Mayor Roy Gladding, Real Radio 804 President Rich Morgan, VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital President Elizabeth J. Martin, Bay Transit Operations Manager Patricia Sanders, VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bob Culley, Bay Transit Director Ken Pollock, Tappahannock – Essex County Chamber of Commerce President Teresa Lankford, and Bay Transit bus operator Reggie Johnson.

From left: Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Chief of Public Transportation Zach Trogdon, Essex County Supervisor Edwin E. “Bud” Smith, Jr., Tappahannock Mayor Roy Gladding, Real Radio 804 President Rich Morgan, VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital President Elizabeth J. Martin, Bay Transit Operations Manager Patricia Sanders, VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bob Culley, Bay Transit Director Ken Pollock, Tappahannock – Essex County Chamber of Commerce President Teresa Lankford, and Bay Transit bus operator Reggie Johnson.

Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, and VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital have announced a collaboration that will improve access to the hospital and medical office buildings for transportation disadvantaged patients, employees, and volunteers.

“This is just the first step,” said Elizabeth J. Martin, President of VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital. “In addition to adding a second Bay Transit bus shelter near our medical office buildings and supporting additional service hours of the “Rivah Ride”, we are also looking at how we can help transportation disadvantaged patients improve their access to our health care services in Richmond and elsewhere in the region.”

With VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital’s financial support, effective March 1st, the service hours of the Rivah Ride deviated fixed-route bus were increased by one hour to nine hours a day, Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 4 PM. VCU Health’s three-year commitment helps ensure the Rivah Ride is available throughout the day, improving access to the hospital and across Tappahannock.

Bay Transit Director Ken Pollock noted that improved access, whether for healthcare, work, or educational opportunities, has inspired several strategic partnerships over the years.

“We have a fantastic collaboration with the RCC Educational Foundation that has been in place for several years,” Pollock stated. “The Foundation pays for student transportation on Bay Transit to and from any of RCC’s four regional campuses. The same strategy of improving access for transportation disadvantaged individuals was the basis of our new partnership with VCU Health.”

Expanded Rivah Ride service hours were promoted during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bay Transit bus shelter at the VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital medical office buildings on March 8th.

For more information about Bay Transit, please visit the Bay Transit website at www.BayTransit.org. For more information about VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital, please visit their website at www.vcuhealth.org/tappahannock/locations/ tappahannock-hospital. To learn more about Bay Aging, please visit the website at www.BayAging.org.

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