Taxi aid pro­gram of­fers greater mo­bil­ity

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - BY PRESS STAFF

Es­tu­ary Tran­sit Dis­trict’s new taxi voucher pro­gram of­fers a new travel op­tion that will im­prove the mo­bil­ity of se­niors and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, dis­trict of­fi­cials said.

The pro­gram pays half the cost of a taxi trip for those who qual­ify. ETD’s part­ner, Curtin Trans­porta­tion, of­fers wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cles to ac­com­mo­date most mo­bil­ity de­vices, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from First Se­lect­man Laura Fran­cis.

Curtin of­fers ser­vice any­where in Con­necti­cut and is avail­able seven days a week, 24 hours per day.

“The in­tent is to pro­vide a mo­bil­ity op­tion for the times, days and places that 9 Town Tran­sit does not op­er­ate,” said Joseph Comer­ford, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ETD. “While it is a higher cost than a Dial-A-Ride trip, it’s ideal for those oc­ca­sional trips to a med­i­cal spe­cial­ist in Hart­ford, com­mut­ing home from work late in the evening or at­tend­ing a fam­ily event on a Sun­day.”

While the in­tent is to sup­ple­ment 9 Town Tran­sit Dial-A-Ride ser­vice, there are no lim­its to the times or lo­ca­tions of the trips as long as they are within Con­necti­cut, of­fi­cials said. Users send their pay­ment to ETD of ei­ther $25 or $50, and ETD places dou­ble the value on an elec­tronic voucher with Curtin Trans­porta­tion. The user may than call Curtin Trans­porta­tion to ar­range travel.

Se­niors age 60 or over au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the pro­gram. Peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity must be ADA para­tran­sit cer­ti­fied, which can be done through an ap­pli­ca­tion process at 9town­tran­sit. com.

De­tails on the taxi voucher pro­gram may also be found on­line or call 860-510-0429 op­tion 2 for more de­tails.

Hearst Conn. Me­dia file photo

Taxis wait for fares at a bus sta­tion.

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