CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Cape May County Fare Free Transportation was named the “outstanding transportation system” of the year Oct. 10 by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation at its annual expo in Edison.
County officials said COST selects from transportation agencies throughout the state, including all 21 county agencies as well as private and nonprofit agencies providing service anywhere in the state.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the director and staff at Fare Free, not only for this award, but they recently received safety and security accreditation in the State of New Jersey,” said Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, liaison for Fare Free Transportation.
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“Cape May County Fare Free is the only transportation agency to earn accreditation by the Community Transportation Association of America, and they were also nominated for national recognition as the ‘outstanding rural transportation agency’ of the year.”
Hayes said the award is a source of pride for Cape May County residents, and that it honors and recognizes the commitment of the employees who provide the service to the residents.
“I speak for the entire Board of Freeholders in congratulating the director and staff at Fare Free Transportation,” she said.
“Over the course of the past three years, Fare Free Transportation has received awards in various categories including Dispatcher of the Year, Driver of the Year and Administrative Professional of the Year,” said Dan Mulraney, Fare Free director. “Ending 2017 with the prestigious award, outstanding transportation system of the year, acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the staff.”
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Fare Free transportation has 38 paratransit vehicles, all equipped with wheelchair lifts, Hayes said. On average, they provide about 500 trips per day and travel more than 1.4 million miles annually.
They provided 117,424 one-way trips to all areas of Cape May County last year, including several locations in Atlantic County, Cooper University Hospital in Camden, medical facilities in Philadelphia and the VA hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. They also have eight Meals on Wheels drivers, who provide about 86,000 hot and cold meals to home-bound clients throughout the county each year.
Fare Free Transportation provides service to all residents of Cape May County. The program receives funding for the transportation of seniors, disabled residents, veterans and individuals with low income through state and federal grants. Funding for the program is also provided by the county.