Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Health Van - FREE and rolling through BVHP!

Last week, the free Bayview Health Shuttle began running hourly service on a fixed-route between various health providers and community centers frequented by Bayview residents.

The stops include: San Francisco General Hospital, Southeast Health Clinic, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bayview Hunters Point Adult Day Health Center, Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement-Mental Health & Substance Abuse Clinics, Bayview Child Health Center, Arthur Coleman Health Clinic, Parent University at Malcom X Academy, Family Resource Center at the Bayview YMCA, as well as the Alice Griffith/Double Rock housing development and others on Hunters Point.

The Bayview Health Shuttle service, operated by American MAGIS Inc., is different from paratransit in that it is curbside instead of door-to-door. However the shuttle drivers are able to assist passengers who use wheelchairs or others who have limited mobility to board and exit the shuttle safely.

The shuttles run on clear natural gas and will be regularly monitored for quality assurance and on-time service.

A three-year grant from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority was awarded to the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement to help coordinate this service, after the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transportation 2030 Equity Analysis identified the great need for such a service in the Bayview community. Compared with other sectors of San Francisco, residents in the Bayview have low rates of vehicle ownership yet high needs for access to medical facilities. As there is no major hospital in the Bayview, patients are often forced to seek treatment through referrals outside of this district. This usually means to St. Luke’s Hospital or San Francisco General, the only two major hospitals south of Market.

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