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It’s a Hip Hop to the Bus…to a Healthy Lifestyle!

city expressSubmitted by Organizational Champion, Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services

The City Express, Keene’s Bus for Everyone, is a great way to get around Keene, and accomplish Vision 2020 goals at the same time!  As Mark Fenton, noted health advocate pointed out during his visit to Keene, walking to a bus stop to ride public transportation is a great way to get exercise, and reduces vehicles on the road.  The City Express stops at a number of locations where you can exercise, including the Keene Recreation Center, Keene Senior Center, Sta-Fit for Women and Nitro Fitness Center.  Bus stops are also within a 10 minute walk to Lady of America and the Keene Family YMCA.  This year, bus/bike shelters have been installed at the Rec Center on Washington Street, at the Community Building on Castle Street, and at numerous locations on the campus of Keene State College.  These shelters are designed to encourage people to bike or walk  to a bus stop, or “go multi-modal” and use the bike racks on the bus to take their bikes on the bus.   Every City Express bus is equipped with bike racks that can accommodate two bikes.  Fares for the City Express are $1.00 a ride and special discount passes are available for multiple rides. 

For senior adults over age 60, and for those who have a transit disability, and need door to door service, the Friendly Bus and the Para Express services are available. Advance reservations are needed for the Friendly Bus and Para Express and can be made by calling (603) 352-8494,  24 hours in advance.

Schedules and route information on the City Express and the Friendly Bus are available at cityexpress.org or by calling (603) 352-8494.  The City Express operates Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, and the Friendly Bus operates from 8 to 4.  Both services are operated by Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, a Monadnock United Way agency and a Vision 2020 Organizational Champion.