Thursday, October 23, 2014

MACOG ends 24/7 transit service, expands ADA corridor

The Michiana Area Council of Governments announced Thursday, Oct. 11, that it would no longer provide 24/7 transportation services.
Posted on Oct. 14, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — After collecting comments from the public, the Michiana Area Council of Governments has made a few changes to its transportation services.

Heart City Rider and Goshen Transit Service ended 24/7 operation in mid August after Yellow Cab of Elkhart County discontinued its contract with MACOG. The organization reached out to the public and asked for feedback on its transportation programs, especially for disabled passengers. MACOG announced Thursday, Oct. 11, that the Interurban Trolley, the area’s fixed route service, will now provide similar paratransit service to Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, cardholders who are unable to ride the bus.

The new service, called the Interurban Trolley Access Service, provides curb-to-curb transportation during the same hours that the Interurban Trolley operates — 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Rides must be scheduled by 4 p.m. at least one business day before the trip by calling 674-8894. Each one-way trip costs $2 within the designated ADA corridor. All ADA riders may have an assistant passenger ride for free with them on the trip.

With the addition of the Interurban Trolley Access Service, the ADA corridor was expanded to 1½miles on either side of the trolley routes, which doubles the previous coverage. The expanded corridor went into effect Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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