When former Congresswoman Sue Kelly obtained a Federal grant for the Town of Warwick to build a new home for its growing bus system little did she know that it would take until now to secure additional funding and years of maneuvering through the Federal process to get to this day. No one counted on the commitment of Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and the Town Board to provide essential transportation services to Warwick residents, especially to local senior citizens. Perseverance, hard work, a buy-in from Orange County officials, and lots of luck have provided a facility that will anchor, not only the Warwick system, but also provide the building blocks for the future of transportation in Orange County.
On hand to cut the ribbon on this $2.7 million dollar project was County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, County Legislator Barry Cheney, Jason Pitingaro of the design team at KC Engineering, CEO Alan Zuckerman of Verticon Construction, Doug McNevin of HAKS who spearheaded the construction management, Dean Diorio of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades, Warwick Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Jeff Feagles, Wallkill DPW Commissioner Lou Ingrassia, Michael Johndrow and Mechelle Casciotta of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Manager Jennifer Crover, as well as Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard.
Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton commented, “This building will allow us to continue to provide a means for the hundreds of riders that depend on us to reach essential services like medical providers, food stores and other shopping needs. I thank the County and the Town Board for their support but most of all I thank the staff, drivers and dispatchers of the Warwick Transit System”.
The service gives many riders the ability to get around all the popular businesses in the Villages, go shopping and get to doctors’ appointments, as well as St. Anthony Community Hospital. There is also service to Goshen, Middletown, including the Galleria, Orange Plaza, and Crystal Run, and a connection to the Wallkill service to go to other areas in Middletown. That bus operates Tues. through Sat. There is also service to Monroe/Harriman every Fri. The service is open to anyone and the fare is $2 per ride/per person. Seniors at least 60 years of age or disabled only pay $1 per ride. For more information call 986-2877.