In a further effort to attract more people to ride the bus, the City has extended the “FREEdom for Seniors” program to include disabled passengers, as well as those ages 60 and older.
“This program has been greatly beneficial to the transportation of our City’s seniors and we are excited to be able to extend this free service to people in the community who are disabled,” said Jeff O’Keefe, Transit Manager for the City.
All City buses are wheelchair accessible and easy to board. Disabled passengers can begin riding the bus for free on February 1, 2007.
During the first month of the pilot program, the City saw a 200 percent increase among senior bus ridership.
“With over 600 stops in the City, the local fixed bus route is a safe, easy and independent way for seniors and the disabled to get around town at no cost during all hours of transit operation,” commented O’Keefe.
“FREEdom for Seniors” was created in September 2006 to encourage seniors to consider transitioning from the “Dial-a-Ride” service to the local fixed bus route service that travels within the local Santa Clarita Valley.
The “Dial-a-Ride” program provides curb-to-curb transportation services for seniors and the disabled, as well as the general public, during certain days and hours. “Dial-a-Ride” users must register for the service and pay two dollars per trip, with the exception of transfers and personal care attendants.
The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously to extend the free bus service to seniors and the disabled through June 30, 2007.
The City of Santa Clarita is one of the few transit systems throughout the nation that offer the disabled free rides.
For more information about “FREEdom for Seniors” pilot program or City Transit, please contact Jeff O’Keefe, Transit Manager at (661) 295-6301 or visit www.santa-clarita.com/transit.