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Phoenix's Senior Cab program provides a transportation alternative for seniors who wish to use the city's Dial-A-Ride program but can't make an appointment.
The Phoenix Dial-A-Ride program is a city-run program that helps transport senior citizens and people with disabilities. But demand from first-priority ADA-eligible passengers has increased, making seniors consider other transportation options. The solution? The city will help senior citizens with cab fare for the next 19 months. Under the Senior Cab pilot program, citizens 65 and over can buy a $10 taxi-voucher book for $3. If seniors want to stock up, they can max out each month by buying four books for $12, providing $40 worth of cab fare. Phoenix and other cities have similar cab voucher programs, but those may have stipulations: The trip must be within a certain area or have a medical purpose, or only certain companies can be used, for example. Senior Cab's program is flexible--the only requirements are that the passenger is a resident of Phoenix and over the age of 65. The vouchers can be used with almost any taxi company in the Valley, for any reason--be it for medical visits, shopping trips or for leisure purposes. Cab drivers submit the vouchers back to the city, and the city will refund the fare. Passengers are on their own in regards to driver gratuity. Photo illustration and thumbnail by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³, distributed through a Creative Commons license.