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Saturday, August 1, 2020
SamTrans Launches Ride Now Taxi Subsidy Pilot Program
Starting August 1,
2020, SamTrans will begin accepting applications for qualifying customers to participate
in Ride Now, a subsidized taxi service for seniors
and people with disabilities, including existing Redi-Wheels customers. The
pilot program operates within a designated service area covering San Carlos, Redwood City and
North Fair Oaks.
Riders can access
applications through SamTrans’ website or by calling 1 (800) 660-4287 (TTY
650.508.6448). Once approved and enrolled in the program, customers can
book trips directly through Serra Yellow Cab. Riders pay a $5 copay per one-way trip,
as well as any meter fare amount exceeding $25. Those enrolled in the
program can take up to eight qualifying one-way trips per month.
The SamTrans Mobility Plan and the San Mateo County Paratransit
Coordinating Council identified affordable, same-day transportation as a top
need for seniors and people with disabilities in South County. The pilot
aims to meet that demand and potentially offset some of the high operating
cost of Redi-Wheels paratransit service, which provides over
1,000 trips per month within the Ride Now coverage area. It is one
of four such taxi subsidy programs in San Mateo County, the others of which
operate in Daly City, Pacifica and San Mateo.
The Ride Now
pilot, made possible through a Federal Transit Administration grant, is currently funded through April 2021.
information, call SamTrans Customer Service at 1 (800) 660-4287 (TTY
650.508.6448) or visit www.samtrans.com/RideNow.