The free daily shuttle service between Northampton and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston began Monday morning.
The shuttle service is a result of a collaboration between Cooley Dickinson Health Care and Mass General Hospital.
The round-trip shuttle will leave from 8 Atwood Drive in Northampton at 6:30 each morning Monday through Friday. The shuttle will drop passengers off at the Massachusetts General Hospital entrance on 55 Fruit Street in Boston, and leave to return to Northampton at 3 p.m.
Cooley Dickinson Health Care Spokesperson Christina Trinchero said although the shuttle is free, reservations are required and must be made 24 hours in advance.
Chief Medical Officer Estavan Garcia from Cooley Dickinson told 22News, “We want to make care more convenient. We’re brining some of mass generals care here, we’ve been doing that now for several years and we want to make sure that when patients need to go mass general that we can make this as convenient for them as possible.”
Children under 18 years of age are required to have an adult with them. Reservations can be made by calling 888-554-4234.
Massachusetts General Hospital Spokesperson Tony James said the motivation behind the shuttle was “getting patients to the right care at the right time and in the right place.”
The shuttle has enough room to seat 12 people and is equipped with Wi-Fi.