Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Will Celebrate New Bay Transit Bus Shelter

Bay Transit and regional partners continue adding new shelters across service area

(Warsaw, VA) – Bay Transit, a division of Bay Aging, and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s parking lot on Wednesday, June 5th, at 11 AM to celebrate the installation of a new Bay Transit bus shelter at the hospital. The media and public are welcome to attend and enjoy remarks from Liz Martin, Vice President and Administrator of Riverside Health System, Michael Lombardo, Essex County Administrator, and Kathy Vesley-Massey, Bay Aging’s President/CEO.

In addition to protection from the elements, Bay Transit’s new bus shelters provide bench seating and solar powered lighting that automatically illuminate at dusk and turn off at dawn. The new bus shelter is the fifth in Bay Transit’s ten county service area and the third in Essex County. New bus shelters will also be installed in Callao in Northumberland County and Urbanna in Middlesex County.

Since 1996, Bay Transit has been providing public transportation services throughout the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and New Kent and Charles City Counties. Bay Transit provided over 140,000 safe, reliable and affordable rides last year. While four in ten Bay Transit riders are commuting to work, riders also depend on Bay Transit to access health care services, education, shopping and dining, recreation and more. At only $2.00 per ride, Bay Transit provides a safe, economical way for people to address their transportation needs.

Liz Martin, Vice President and Administrator of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital welcomes the new bus shelter as a valuable service for both Riverside patients and employees. “We are excited to have this new shelter in place so that patients, visitors, and staff waiting on the bus are protected from the elements. We appreciate all the work that is happening in our region to improve public transportation access points because they provide a valuable service to so many of our residents.”

Ken Pollock, the Director of Bay Transit, is excited about the new bus shelters at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. “We are thankful to Riverside Health System for the generous support they provided covering the installation costs of the shelter. We also want to thank Essex County and the Town of Tappahannock for their on-going support of public transportation for all people,” Pollock observed. “There is so much happening in Tappahannock right now. The Rivah Ride, our fixed-route service across Tappahannock, and the bus shelters we have in town make using Bay Transit an increasingly convenient and inexpensive way to travel across town or throughout the region.”


About Bay Aging:

For over 40 years, Bay Aging has been caring for older adults and people with disabilities in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula with meals, home and personal care, public transportation, home repairs and living options. Our goal is to help people live independently in their own homes and communities surrounded by their own things and, wherever possible, their families and friends. Our top priority is to keep independence, home and community at the hub of life in the rural counties we serve.

Last year Bay Aging’s services affected over 26,000 lives! Every year, we:

  • Deliver 166,882 meals to those who might otherwise not have a reliable source of food.
  • Provide over 140,000 public transportation rides that help people of all ages access jobs, health services, education and other consumer needs.

People want to age safely in their homes and communities. To help them realize this goal, Bay Aging’s Housing Division owns and operates ten income-restricted senior apartment complexes throughout the region providing safe and affordable homes for 365 full-time residents. Additionally, residents benefit from receiving the social supports they need to ensure healthy, independent living.

Bay Aging’s health division provides in-home care and companionship services and transitional care services for recently discharged at-risk, chronically ill patients through our VAAACares® program. Adult day care provides a safe haven for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other disabilities so that they can thrive and live with their families longer. The award-winning Veterans Directed Care program provides essential support services for nursing home eligible veterans of all ages who want to continue living at home.


About Riverside Tappahannock Hospital:

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is a 67-bed facility providing care for citizens in the Tappahannock area, including Essex, King & Queen and King William counties and the Northern Neck counties of Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, and Lancaster. As a non-profit hospital dedicated to serving the needs of the community, the hospital relies upon a volunteer Board of Directors to chart the future course of the hospital. For more information on Riverside in Tappahannock and on the Northern Neck, visit riversideonline.com/RTH. For more information on Riverside, visit riversideonline.com.

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