Rockford Mass Transit District will soon be offering same-day paratransit service for medical trips, but asked for the public's input on how much it should cost.
RMTD held a public hearing Monday morning for feedback on the service, which would allow paratransit riders to schedule medical trips on the same day of service. Currently, riders must schedule trips at lest 24 hours in advance, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Those rides give service 3/4 of a mile beyond RMTD's fixed-route system and/or jurisdictional boundaries. The ADA allows for paratransit rates to be double the fixed route fair. The adult fixed route fair is currently $1.50 and the paratransit fare will stay unchanged at $3.00, but RMTD is suggesting a same-day paratransit service fare of $4.00.
The new service will be funded through a $92,359 New Freedom 5317 grant, allowing RMTD to go above and beyond ADA regulations. The program's popularity will determine how quickly the grant funding will be used.
The service is expected to begin on March 4.
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