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Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Valley Metro To Provide ADA Service to Replace SCAT


With the announcement that Sun Cities Area Transit (SCAT) will no longer be providing transportation service to residents in the Sun City area, Valley Metro will offer transit service based on the passenger’s trip need.

“We have been very supportive of SCAT for more than 20 years and realize that many Sun City residents have come to rely on the transit service,” said David A. Boggs, Valley Metro executive director. “Beginning with the New Year, we will provide the ADA-required trips.  In addition, we will provide other trips according to what we can afford to operate.”

Valley Metro RPTA provides about $200,000 annually to SCAT to assist with the operations of their service. The funding primarily comes from the Proposition 400 sales tax revenues that Maricopa County voters approved in 2004. Revenues are also provided through some federal funds. The ten vehicles operated by SCAT were provided by Valley Metro.

Effective Saturday, Jan. 1, Valley Metro will offer trips to passengers that are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified and passengers that need life sustaining trips such as dialysis or chemotherapy.

To request a ride, call 602.266.8723 at least one day in advance. Valley Metro RPTA is partnering with Discount Cab to offer the ADA trips within the Route 106 service area or medically life-sustaining passenger trips. ADA trips cost $2.00 one-way, other trips cost $4.00 one-way, and exact cash fare is required. SCAT Dial-a-Ride tickets will be accepted through January 31, 2011.
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Options for passengers who are not ADA certified or require medically life-sustaining trips include a volunteer driver program through Benevilla. The trips are based on volunteer availability and Benevilla requests a 24-48 hour advance notice. For more information, call 623-584-4999 or visit their website at www.benevilla.org.

Other resources for transportation can be found by going to the Maricopa Association of Governments’ website for a list of transportation providers for older adults, persons with disabilities, persons that are developmentally disabled, or persons that are low income.

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.

All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.
 
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