OCO Expands Call-N-Ride Service

Fulton, NY – For those without access to a vehicle, traveling Oswego County can be a difficult task, however, thanks to Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Call-N-Ride bus service destinations throughout Oswego County are only a bus ride away.

Operated through OCO Transportation Services, Call-N-Ride provides curb-to-curb transportation for the elderly and persons with special needs in Oswego County.

Available for medical, social or personal business, Call-N-Ride is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on specific days each week, or every other week, in zones that have been established by school district.

The general public may also use the service when public transportation is not readily available.

According to Gary Mashaw, director of transportation services at OCO, the schedule for Call-N-Ride will be expanding to handle the increased demand for the service.

“Over the recent five year period, there has been a 127% increase in usage.  We posted record numbers for usage of the Call-N-Ride service in 2011 and from what we have seen in the first quarter of 2012 the trend is continuing.  To help meet that demand we are expanded service in Zone 2 (Fulton School District) and Zone 3 (Oswego School District).  Beginning May 1, Call-N-Ride service will be available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in both Zones 2 and 3,” said Mashaw.

The new schedule for the Call-N-Ride service as of May 1 will be as follows:

Zone 1 – (Sandy Creek, Pulaski and Mexico school districts) First and third Mondays of each month.

Zone 2 – (Fulton School District) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.

Zone 3 – (Oswego School District) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.

Zone 4 – (Hannibal, Phoenix and Central Square school districts) Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Zone 5 – (Altmar, Parish, Williamstown school districts) First and third Fridays of each month.

To schedule a ride, reservations must be made at least 3 business days prior by calling the Call-N-Ride service toll free at 1-877-484-3287.

Same day reservations will be considered.

Cancellations must be called in at least 2 hours before the scheduled pickup.

“OCO’s Call-N-Ride provides an invaluable service to our communities.  Our number of riders has more than doubled over the years and we are happy to offer Oswego County residents the freedom to overcome transportation barriers,” added Mashaw.

For more information OCO’s Call-N-Ride service, as well as other transportation services offered through OCO, contact them at 315-598-4713 or toll free at 1-877-484-3287 or visit www.oco.org/transportation.htm

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org