Senior Services and Coastal Rides Partner to Help Seniors to the Polls
NORFOLK, Va. – (Oct. 18, 2022) – Transportation to the polls on election day can sometimes be a challenge for those individuals with a disability or simply a lack of access to a vehicle or public transportation. For older adults, the obstacles may be more problematic.
That is why Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and local taxi company Coastal Ride, have come together to ensure that a ride to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8 is just a phone call away for Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach residents who are 60 years of age and older.
“Our agency works hard all year long to ensure that older adults stay active, healthy, and engaged in their communities,” says Senior Services’ CEO Steve Zollos. “That includes having the ability to exercise your right to vote. We greatly appreciate our partnership with Coastal Ride.”
“Coastal Ride is proud to offer this service to seniors in our community again this year,” says Coastal Ride CEO Judy Swystun. “We know how transportation can be a challenge for them and we want everyone to have the opportunity to vote
Senior adults wanting to arrange for a ride on election day will need to make a reservation in advance by calling Senior Services at 757-222-4513 no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 4.
Coastal Ride has also partnered with the Peninsula Agency on the Aging for free rides to the polls on election day. To make a reservation by November 4 at noon in Hampton or Newport News, please call 757- 873-0541.
Individuals requesting a ride must provide a phone number, pickup address, registered voting location, and preferred pickup time. Rides are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the demand is high, the pickup time may change somewhat but will be confirmed ahead of election day.
For fifty years, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has been supporting and enriching the lives of older adults in South Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater through advocacy, education, information, and comprehensive services. The nonprofit has impacted tens of thousands of lives for the better, by providing easy access to high-quality programs and services designed to help older adults remain healthy, active, and engaged. To learn more about Senior Services, call 757-461-9481 or visit www.ssseva.org.
About Coastal Ride: Several taxicab services in Hampton Roads rebranded themselves to Coastal Ride. All companies with the new brand have a state-of-the-art dispatch system, app, driver training, and quality vehicle maintenance program. Coastal Ride furnishes service from Virginia Beach to Newport News providing 10’s of thousands of passenger transportation every month. Coastal Ride strives to be the Transportation you can Trust. To learn more about Coastal Ride, please visit coastalride.com.