January 31, 2019
Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST
Dover, NH – The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) will be helping with a needed transportation connection to and from the Strafford County Emergency Shelter at the County Complex in Dover.
COAST will offer the following during the current emergency due to the extreme cold weather –
• Give free rides to individuals taking Route 33 to go to the Emergency Shelter;
• Provide a shuttle in the evenings, departing at 8pm from the DTC (Dover Train Station) each weeknight, to get folks to the shelter once Route 33 has ended for the day (free). The shuttle will only operate if individuals are wanting to go to the shelter. The shuttle will operate directly between the DTC and the shelter, without serving any stops in-between.
• Provide a morning and evening shuttle this Saturday, departing from the DTC (Dover Train Station) at 8am and 8pm, followed by an inbound from the shelter if anyone wants to return to town. These runs will operate regardless of whether there are riders wanting to go out to the shelter from downtown and can stop at recognized Route 33 stops on Sixth Street on the way out to and in from the shelter.
“After attending a Transportation Subcommittee meeting of the Tri-City Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness last week, we became more aware of this specific issue and are glad to be able to offer aid to individuals needing this important service connection,” stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “This type of service and assistance is central to our mission of providing customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service.”
The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a non-profit, operating a public transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies/businesses.