Lupinacci, Cergol Announce HART Paratransit Trial Servicing Medical Facilities On Smithtown Side Of Commack Road
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Councilwoman Joan Cergol are announcing a HART Paratransit Bus trial program servicing three health care facilities along the Smithtown side of Commack Road in Commack for a limited time through Tuesday February 19, 2019 to assess the feasibility of expanding service for Town of Huntington residents who frequent the medical facilities just outside the Town’s eastern border.
Prompted by a request from the Town of Huntington’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities, the Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) Paratransit bus service is running a limited-time trial through Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to provide service to Town of Huntington residents who wish to travel to the following health care facilities on the Smithtown side of Commack Road in Commack:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 650 Commack Road, Commack
St. Catherine & St. Charles Health & Wellness Center, 500 Commack Road, Commack
Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care, 500 Commack Rd Suite 104, Commack
The limited-time trial will help the Town’s Department of Transportation and Traffic Safety assess to what degree this service offering has the potential to grow and potentially impact current riders.
Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci noted the trial program would provide a complement to existing accessible transportation services provided by Suffolk County: “While Town of Huntington residents already have the option of using the Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) Service to travel to these facilities, we are happy to provide this trial HART Paratransit service to determine whether HART presents a more convenient option for riders. If we can provide this service without negatively impacting current HART Paratransit services, we will continue to do so.”
Councilwoman Joan Cergol attended a meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities when the question was raised by committee members about the feasibility of providing such a service. Councilwoman Cergol brought the idea to the Director of Transportation and Traffic Safety, Scott Spittal, who forwarded the idea to Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who was immediately on board with researching this transportation option for Town residents frequenting the health care facilities just outside of the Town’s eastern border.
Councilwoman Joan Cergol said, “Recently, I met with the Town’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities and learned that the HART Paratransit Service, which provides important transportation to get the elderly and persons with disabilities to doctor’s appointments, would not take clients to these three medical facilities because they were on the Smithtown side of Commack Road. It seemed like a small accommodation to ask HART to extend its reach only a few feet to help our disabled and elderly who rely on paratransit, so I contacted our Transportation and Traffic Safety director. I am pleased that he was receptive to this trial, and hope that this will make it easier for our disabled and elderly residents to see their doctors and receive their needed treatments.”
Enrollment is required to request the trial HART Paratransit service to the three health care facilities on the Town of Smithtown side of Commack Road. A HART Paratransit Program Enrollment Application can be found on the Town website.
The signed application may be submitted by mail to: HART Paratransit Program, 144 East Second Street, Huntington Station, NY 11746-1431 or in person at HART’s offices at the aforementioned address from Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Once enrollment in the HART Paratransit Program is approved, reservations may be made by calling (631) 427-8287 [TDD: 1 (800) 662-1220] Monday through Saturday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
HART operates a special paratransit program that provides basic mobility within the Town of Huntington for persons who are prevented by disability from using HART’s regularly-scheduled, fixed-route transit buses, and non-driving senior citizen (60+) Town of Huntington residents who do not have access to transit services.
HART’s paratransit program is operated in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is a shared-ride, advance-request, generally curb-to-curb transportation program that is available only to eligible persons and their traveling companions. Origin-to-destination service is provided upon request to ADA Paratransit eligible customers, based on need.
Paratransit hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 6:55 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:55 PM.