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Rabbittransit forms nonprofit to boost ridership options for seniors, veterans, others

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Central Pennsylvania regional public-transportation provider rabbittransit has created a new nonprofit that aims to boost transportation choices for seniors, people with disabilities and others.

The nonprofit is called 3P Ride Inc. 

"3P Ride will work primarily to identify resources for projects and initiatives that are not typically funded by traditional transportation dollars," rabbittransit officials said in a news release.

Efforts to reach officials with West Manchester Township-based rabbittransit have not been successful.

3P Ride, which held its first official board meeting last month, also aims to increase transportation options for veterans and vulnerable families and the infrastructure supporting them, rabbittransit officials said.

Early efforts of 3P Ride have yielded positive returns, rabbittransit’s executive director, Richard Farr, said in the news release.

It has worked with partner organizations to hold education sessions, identified funding for transportation to same-day medical appointments, created a transportation program for veterans and started recruiting volunteers to serve as travel trainers for new riders, Farr added.

Board officers for 3P Ride include chairman Raymond Rosen, vice chair Darlene Brown, secretary Thomas Wilson and treasurer Keith Martin.

Board members from the community include Cathy Bollinger of the York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging initiative, Shane Moore of Family First Health and Roberta Simmons, president of the York Area Council of the Blind.

York County-based rabbittransit offers services in Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York counties.

More than 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other activities, the transportation agency added.

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David O'Connor

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