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Fri, Dec 2, 2011

Transit Services Continues In Unincorporated Areas

Contact: Dawn Zimmer, Maricopa County Human Services Department
602/506-4838, zimmerd@mail.maricopa.gov

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Maricopa County Human Services Department and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) confirmed an agreement supporting the continuation of a reduced fare, taxi-based model of transportation services for residents 65 years or older and ADA-certified residents with transit barriers residing in unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.

As a member of the Regional Public Transportation Authority, Maricopa County is entitled to receive funds from Local Transportation Assistance Fund II (LTAF II) consisting of monies deposited from the State lottery fund and the Americans with Disabilities Act Public Transportation Funds (ADA PTF aka Prop 400). Trish Georgeff, Director, Maricopa County Human Services Department explains, “Had an agreement not been confirmed obligated LTAF ‘mobility service’ funds could have expired and been returned.”

“The agreement with RPTA will benefit eligible passengers who travel throughout the County by contributing toward a regional transit system,” said Georgeff, “We are delighted state Lottery dollars will continue to be put to good use as initially intended; supporting cities, towns, and most importantly eligible individuals relying on this reduced fare, direct-route transportation assistance through RPTA.”

The agreement assigns RPTA with the responsibility of administering Maricopa County allocations of LTAF II and ADA PTF to provide fixed-route or taxi-based ADA transportation services. The LTAF II and ADA PTF funding will be used to support a taxi-based model for door-to-door transportation services to ADA-qualified individuals within unincorporated Maricopa County and fixed route bus services.

“Maricopa County has always been an important partner in providing transit services to the residents that need it most,” said David Boggs, Valley Metro executive director. “The County understands the value in working to regionalize our transit programs for older and ADA-certified residents.”

County residents over the age of 65 years or disabled (unable to utilize fixed-route bus service due to physical or cognitive disability) in unincorporated areas of Maricopa County are encouraged to contact Valley Metro regarding eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by calling the Valley Metro Certification office at (602) 716-2100, TTY (602) 251-2039 or by downloading the ADA certification form.

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About Maricopa County Human Services Department
Maricopa County’s Human Services Department is primarily grant funded and focuses on providing education, employment, shelter and basic needs services to individuals, families and communities to enhance opportunities for physical, social and economic wellbeing. Additional information about specific programs/services offered is available online at www.hsd.maricopa.gov.

About Valley Metro/RPTA
Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance.  Funding is provided by local and federal revenues.  A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Visit www.valleymetro.org for additional information.


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