Ulster County Area Transit‘s website is available in English and Spanish. Routes and schedules are regularly updated with a link on the homepage. For more information email ucat@co.ulster.ny.us or call 845-340-3333 or toll free, 888-827-8228. A Facebook page includes weather updates and the like.UCAT serves all of Ulster County and also has buses that go to and from the train station in Poughkeepsie.

In April UCAT began offering free rides on fixed routes for anyone going to a vaccination appointment. Those over 60 and those with disabilities can get curb-to-curb service for appointments, following the reservation instructions below.

Passengers with disabilities and seniors needing medical van services may call the scheduling office, 845-334-8120, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day before the needed trips. For Monday trips, call on Friday.

Trailways is a private bus company serving many towns in Ulster and nearby counties. The website is available in many languages including Spanish and English. A typical fare from Kingston to New Paltz is $6-10; Kingston to Newburgh, $12. Find updates on Facebook.

With advance notice, UIDN can provide transportation or a friend to keep you company when traveling to ICE check-ins, health care and school-related appointments, court appearances, or other official meetings. Get details.

Driving

The Driver’s License and Privacy (Green Light) Act became law at the end of 2020. It allows all New York residents age 16 and older to apply for a standard non-commercial driver’s license or learner’s permit regardless of citizenship or legal status. Please note, standard licenses cannot be used for any federal purposes such as air travel, but they are legal IDs in other circumstances.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website has details on how to apply for a license. The site is available in many languages including Spanish and English. Information is also available on the website of the Worker Justice Center of New York in Spanish and English. If you need further assistance, contact UIDN’s Elana Michelson at 845-658-9838 or michelsonelana@gmail.com.