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Rockland has a spanking new vehicle to provide local transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities.

The Rockland Council on Aging recently began using a new van it bought through a $62,000 grant provided by the Brockton Area Transit Authority. The town contributed $2,500 to personalize the exterior of the new vehicle, which replaced an aging van that has now been placed out of service.

Rockland uses its van service to transport seniors and the disabled for such purposes as trips to the doctor, shopping expeditions, visits to family members in nursing homes, and accessing services at the senior center.

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In July and August, 706 residents took advantage of the service, which the town offers free Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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“We appreciate this grant and are very excited to have a new van providing accessible and safe transportation for our seniors and disabled residents,” Peggy Bryan, director of the Council on Aging, said in a statement. “It gives them the opportunity to participate in the Council on Aging community and offers transportation that helps them maintain their independence, get to appointments, and do their shopping.”

To reserve van service, residents need to call the Council on Aging one week ahead at 781-871-1266.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.
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