GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll are pleased to announce the start of the summer schedule for the Cape Ann Seniors on the GO program.
Cape Ann Seniors on the GO provides free transportation for food access and physical activity to seniors who live in Gloucester’s McPherson Park, Sheedy Park, Curtis Clark, Lincoln Park and Poplar Park. Free transportation is also provided to seniors who live in Rockport’s Millbrook Park, Pigeon Cove Ledges and Rockport High School Apartments.
“This is a great opportunity for seniors in our community who are looking for help traveling to grocery stores or looking to exercise and explore our great City” said Mayor Romeo Theken. “We’re thrilled to offer a new stop this summer at the Fisherman’s Wharf so that they can purchase fresh, local seafood, and hope residents will take advantage of this incredible program.”
Bus riders must wear masks. In an effort to keep passengers safe, the number of riders on one bus will be limited and an additional bus may be added to the route so people can be spread out if needed. The Cape Ann Transit Authority, who provides the transportation for the program, will continue to follow local and state guidelines for the cleaning and sanitation of the buses after each ride.
“Cape Ann Seniors on the Go allows Gloucester seniors to get out of their homes and enjoy many of the city’s amenities, whether that be taking a stroll along the beautiful Gloucester Boulevard or visiting grocery stories or local food providers,” said Carroll. “While we’re proud to provide this service for residents, we want to remind residents that they must wear a mask and practice social distancing while taking part in the program in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Seniors looking to learn about the Cape Ann Seniors on the Go program schedule or reserve a free seat can do so by calling the Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA) at 978-283-7916. Riders are limited to two bags on the bus.
The schedule for residents in Millbrook Park, Rockport High School Apartments and Pigeon Cove Ledges can found here.
The schedule for residents in the McPherson, Sheedy, Clark, Lincoln and Poplar Parks can be found here.
The program is funded through the Massachusetts Community Compact Initiative and done in conjunction with Rockport Council on Aging, Gloucester Council on Aging , Rockport Housing, Gloucester Housing, Harborlight Community Partners and the Gloucester Health Department.
The Cape Ann Seniors on the GO provides transportation for food and physical activity for senior housing residents in Manchester and Essex through the Manchester Council on Aging. Residents of those communities can contact the Manchester COA for their latest schedule at (978) 526-7500.