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Hop the shuttle to the pier, Rossmoor

About 600,000 older adults stop driving each year, according to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

That can make it harder for people to get to doctor’s appointments, shop for necessities, visit family or attend social events. And that increases isolation, negatively affecting health and well-being.

Free and accessible transportation can be one of the biggest boosters of independnt living for older people.

And Seal Beach, working with the GRF, has resumed shuttle bus service to help area seniors thrive.

On Monday at 9 a.m., the popular Senior Transportation Shuttle Service headed down Main Street on its inaugural excursion.

A bevy of officials, including Seal Beach Council members representing Leisure World and GRF leaders, met at the Seal Beach Pier to see off the shiny new shuttle bus.

Service is provided five days a week, stopping at the Seal Beach Pier/Old Town area, Leisure World and the Rossmoor Shopping Center/North Seal Beach Community Center.

The route map and schedule can be found at the city’s website www.sealbeachca. gov; click the “Senior Resources” button ( see the LW Weekly, July 8 edition, for a printed version of the map and pick-up and drop-off points).

The shuttle is in service Monday-Friday, 9-11 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.

The city also offers a Dial-a-Ride (Yellow Cab) service, operating concurrently with the shuttle service.

Dial-a-Ride reservations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance by calling (877) 224-8294. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

To qualify for this service, users must be Seal Beach residents aged 60 and over. Only registered users can use the fixedroute shuttle and Dial-a-Ride service.

People will need a photo ID showing proof of Seal Beach residency and date of birth. This identification can be a California driver’s license or ID card, or a Golden Rain Foundation ID card.

To register, visit the city’s website at, stop by City Hall or contact the following staff members:

• Anthony Nguyen, anguyen@sealbeach. gov, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1344.

• Iris Lee,, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322.

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