EASTHAMPTON COUNCIL ON AGING TRANSPORTATION SERVICE:
Welcome to the Easthampton Council on Aging (ECOA) Transportation Service. The Council on Aging is dedicated to providing the best quality Transportation Service to our clients. The ECOA offers transportation services to Easthampton residents, 55 years of age and older. We require at least 48 hour advanced notice (busniess days only) when making transportation reservations. Reservations can be made by calling the ECOA between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 413-527-6151. We cannot accommodate last minute or same-day transportation requests. Reservations are availalbe on a first come, first served basis.
The ECOA provides transportation to many local destinations, including Big E's Foodland, Big Y, pharmacies, local banks, medical appointments in Easthampton, hairdresser/barber and other errands. We also provide transportation for medical appointments in Southampton, Northampton and Florence. Additional trip destinations, both local and special are also listed each month in the ECOA newsletter.
If you are interested in learning more about local transportation options, including our own Easthampton Council on Aging Transportation Program, PVTA, Nashawanuck Express, Companion Program & more, call Outreach Worker, LInda Talbot 527-6151, EXT. 15.
This Emergency Contact Form is required before you can travel with us. Click here to download the Emergency Contact Form
Seatbelt RULE: It is the law in Massachusetts and the policy of the ECOA that everyone wear a seatbelt. Seatbelts must be worn prior to the movement of the van and until the driver comes to a complete stop.
Pet Policy: The ECOA cannot provide transportation for any pets. This policy does not apply to CERTIFIED service animals.
Pick-up Time/Delay in Service Notice: Passengers must be ready for pickup at the appointed time. The van driver cannot wait for passengers who are not ready for pickup at the appointed time. There are mulitple passengers and schedule deadlines to meet.
No Show Policy: When a requested/ booked ride is cancelled within one hour of a scheduled pickup or not cancelled at all, the client is considered a" no show". Failure to notify the ECOA may result in a small fee. After an individual acquires THREE (3) no shows within a one year period, he/she may be suspended from using the van for up to three (3) months.
Multiple Stops Policy: The ECOA requires that reservations MUST be made in advance fro multiple stops. The ECOA will not accommodate requests for multiple stops without advanced reservations notice. The ECOA reserves the right to limit the number of stops per Client to two (2) per day. Exception: picking up a prescription after a medical appointment.
Transporting Ill or Injured Passengers: The ECOA will not/cannot be responsible for transporting ill or injured passengers. The ECOA will make every effort to offer assistance by calling a family member or 911 for transport to the hospital or medical doctor.
Leaving Passengers Unattended on the Van: Van passengers CAN NOT be left alone on the van for any reason. The ECOA Van driver's responsibility is to pick up and drop off passengers. Van drivers cannot assist you with banking errands, picking up medications, shopping or other errands, which would require the van driver to leave the van unattended. Drivers can not assist in getting packages into your home. Drivers may opt to NOT pick up clients in bad weather if when the van arrives at their residence, sidewalks or dirveways are unsafe or uncleared of snow or ice.
Driver/Trip Itinerary: Trip itinerary shall be developed and advertised in the ECOA newsletter in an effort to better coordinate van trip activities and to educate passengers on time factor and trip schedule. The van driver will discuss the itinerary PRIOR to the departure of passengers from the van.
ATTENTION VAN PASSENGERS*
The Easthampton Council on Aging will be closely monitoring those passengers that consistently cancel their ride/rides at the last minute, especially shopping trips & special van trips.
Passengers who continue to cancel their reservation may be required to pay for that van ride.
We do not want to turn other passengers away who need to go shopping, or scheduling an extra driver to accommodate the schedule.
INCREASE IN VAN FEES EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2017
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the Easthampton Council on Aging Board of Directors voted to increase out-of-town van fees. The fees within Easthampton will remain the same.
COUNCIL ON AGING: $2.00 (round-trip) + $1.00 each addtional stop.
EASTHAMPTON MEDICAL, SHOPPING AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS: $3.00 (1-stop) $4.00 (2-stops) (round-trip)
EASTHAMPTON EVENTS: EVENINGS/WEEKENDS: $5.00 (round-trip)
BIG Y/PURE FOOD: $4.00 (round-trip)
OTHER SOUTHAMPTON AREAS: $4.00 (round-trip)
NORTHAMPTON, FLORENCE LEEDS, HATFIELD MEDICAL: $5.00 (round-trip)
Out-of-Town Special Van Trips
All Van Fees are Round-Trip
INGLESIDE MALL HOLYOKE AREA: $5.00 (round-rip)
HADLEY AREA: $5.00.
HATFIELD AREA: $6.00.
WESTFIELD AREA: $6.00.
AMHERST AREA S. HADLEY AREA: $6.00.
WILLIAMSBURG AREA: $6.00.
CHICOPEE AREA: $7.00.
SPRINGFIELD AREA: $8.00
AGAWAM AREA: $9.00.
SHELBURNE FALLS NORTHFIELD AREA: $9.00
ENFIELD, CT: $10.00
** A FEE OF $2.00 WILL BE ADDED FOR CRITICAL RIDES IN EASTHAMPTON WHERE A 48-HOUR NOTICE IS NOT PROVIDED (I.E. NECESSARY MEDICAL APPOINTMENT, PHARMACY, EMERGENCY SHOPPING). PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND/OR THE STAFF NEEDED.
TRANSPORTATION POLICY LISTED BELOW FOR "OUT-OF-TOWN RESIDENTS"
Out-of-town residents will be placed on a waiting list and notified at least 48 hours prior to the trip if space is available. An additional out-of-town fee of $2.00 - $5.00 will be added to the cost of the trip.
The fee amount will be based on the destination/location of the trip.