ST. LOUIS – Older city residents have a new way to get where they need to go: an electric vehicle shuttle service named SiLVERS.
The vehicles will provide non-emergency rides to elders and deliver food to homebound seniors across St. Louis. The vehicles will operate from the Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, 4120 Maffitt Avenue; and City Seniors Inc., 4705 Ridgewood Avenue.
City residents age 60 and older can get rides for medical appointments, shopping trips, social activities and or more. Rides can be scheduled by calling NYSS [nsyssc.org] for north St. Louis residents at (314) 652-9946 or City Seniors, Inc [stlouiscityseniors.com]. for south St. Louis residents at (314) 352- 0141.
This program, implemented by advocacy group Forth, serves historically underserved groups using cutting-edge technology to offset fossil fuel-powered trips. The project is brought together by the local community partners Northside Youth and Senior Service Center (NYSSC), City Seniors Inc. (CSI), North Newstead Association (NNA), and the St. Louis Agency on Aging (SLAAA).
“Programs like SiLVERS are critical to ensuring that the advancements of renewable energy and cleaner air are shared by everyone throughout the city regardless of where they live or what kind of car they can afford,” said Alderwoman Heather Navarro, Ward 28, who sponsored the City’s Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinances.
St. Louis is one of the 25 winning cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC), which is helping cities ramp up action in the two highest sources of carbon pollution: transportation and buildings. The Climate Challenge provided essential strategic and technical support for this project.
“The City of St. Louis is honored to be an instrumental partner on this innovative electric vehicle program focused on our seniors,” said the city’s climate advisor, Maurice K. Muia. “Not only does this program align with our climate action and adaptation plan, but it ensures that we improve the lives of the most vulnerable.”