Submitted by Joseph Comerford, Exec. Dir., Estuary Transit District.
(Dec. 10, 2018) — Mobility can be a source of anxiety and frustration for many seniors and persons with disabilities. While there are transportation options to assist those in need, this population continues to face difficulties as it relates to their mobility. However, Estuary Transit District (ETD) looks to alleviate these burdens by partnering with Curtin Transportation to provide low-cost taxi vouchers to qualifying individuals. Curtin offers 24/7 service and can accommodate most mobility devices, including wheelchairs, scooters, etc.
Participants in the program send a payment of either $25 or $50 to ETD. ETD then matches the amount submitted, doubling the amount for participants. This amount is then placed on an electronic voucher to be used with Curtin Transportation. Riders then call Curtin directly to schedule their transportation arrangements.
The intent of this program is to supplement the existing 9 Town Transit Dial-A-Ride service, and although it is at a higher cost, “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,” says Joseph Comerford, ETD’s Executive Director. Comerford continued, “[ETD and Curtin will now] provide a mobility option for the times, days, and places that 9 Town Transit does not operate.” Also, there are no limits to the times or locations of trips, as long as riders are traveling within the state of Connecticut.
Individuals age 60 or over automatically qualify for the program. Those with disabilities qualify if they are ADA paratransit certified, which can be done through an application process, found on the Connecticut ADA Website, or at www.9towntransit.com. More information on the low-cost voucher program can also be found online at www.9towntransit.com, or via phone at (860) 510-0429, selecting option 2 to speak with a representative.