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Montgomery officials welcome KAT dial-a-ride service to village

Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley (fourth from right) and Mike Neuenkirchen (third from left), program director for the Kendall Area Transit service, cut a ceremonial ribbon Monday evening outside Village Hall to celebrate the extension of KAT public transportation dial-a-ride service to the Kendall County portion of the village. Also participating in the ceremony were (from left) Doug Marecek, village trustee; Penny Fitzpatrick, village clerk; and Steve Jungermann, Theresa Sperling and Denny Lee, village trustees.
Montgomery Village President Matt Brolley (fourth from right) and Mike Neuenkirchen (third from left), program director for the Kendall Area Transit service, cut a ceremonial ribbon Monday evening outside Village Hall to celebrate the extension of KAT public transportation dial-a-ride service to the Kendall County portion of the village. Also participating in the ceremony were (from left) Doug Marecek, village trustee; Penny Fitzpatrick, village clerk; and Steve Jungermann, Theresa Sperling and Denny Lee, village trustees.

Montgomery and Kendall Area Transit officials held a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday evening outside village hall to mark the expansion of KAT dial-a-ride public transportation service to the Kendall County portion of the village earlier this year.

KAT Program Director Mike Neuenkirchen told village officials the service has already provided more than 700 rides to the village’s Kendall residents since May.

Neuenkirchen said many of the KAT riders are disabled and elderly residents who need rides to the doctor’s office and store.

He noted that use of KAT continues to climb throughout the county. Last year, he said, the service provided more than 30,000 rides, the most since it started operation eight years ago.

KAT provides general transit services to all Kendall County locations, plus designated medical locations outside of the county, with rides costing between $2 and $5. The service operates from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Neuenkirchen recommended those seeking to schedule a ride contact the agency two days before their desired ride date. For more information about KAT, call 877-446-4528 or visit kendallareatransit.com

Residents in the Kane County section of Montgomery are eligible for a similar service through Kane County’s Ride in Kane paratransit service. Visit rideinkane.org for information.

Village President Matt Brolley and village board members welcomed Neuenkirchen and KAT to the village.

“This is an important service that will improve the quality of life for our residents. We hope people will take advantage of this economical option for their transportation needs to medical appointments, to the grocery store, or even to work,” Brolley said.

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