PCTPA Expands Transportation Assistance to Seniors and Families

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is pleased to announceMYRIDESfinal the launch of the My Rides Program in Placer County.

Initiated in January 2013, the My Rides Program maintains the existing Door-to-Door Rides program that has provided volunteer transportation service for more than 40 years to eligible Placer County residents unable to use conventional public transit systems.  The My Rides Program has expanded the coverage to include all areas of the County! Residents of North Tahoe, Sheridan, and east of Colfax to the I-80/SR-20 Interchange near Yuba Gap are now eligible to use this service.

“Studies have shown this type of service is a cost-effective way to improve mobility for people who are unable to use public transportation,” said Celia McAdam, Executive Director for PCTPA.

My Rides incorporates two programs the Rural Mileage Reimbursement Program and the First 5 Rural Mileage Reimbursement Program.  These programs allow individuals to call a neighbor or friend to provide transportation to allowable destinations; the driver can then be reimbursed for mileage.  “This helps those living in rural areas to stay connected to their neighbors, maintain a sense of community and have transportation to needed services,” said McAdam.  The First 5 Mileage Reimbursement component provides reimbursement for transportation support for families of limited means with children under the age of six.

The My Rides program is currently being administered by Seniors First.  Since December 2009, PCTPA, acting as the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (CTSA), has partnered with Seniors First to provide transportation service for eligible Placer residents, primarily elderly and persons with disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit services operating within Placer County.

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