Initiated in January 2013, the My Rides Program expands upon 40-years of connecting Placer County residents to destinations they would not otherwise be able to access with the traditional public transit system. This program helps those living in rural areas and families of limited means with children under the age of six to stay connected to their neighbors, maintain a sense of community, and have transportation to needed services.
The expanded program connects volunteer drivers with residents of North Tahoe, Sheridan, and east of Colfax to the I-80/SR-20 Interchange near Yuba Gap. The incorporated Cities of Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville and portions of unincorporated south Placer County already had access to this service.
Residents can enlist a relative, neighbor, friend, or a pool of volunteer drivers to get them to non-emergency medical appointments, public assistance, and quality of life types of services. Volunteers must have an approved application on file to receive reimbursement.
The volunteer drivers, after being approved, can be reimbursed for their mileage under one of two programs:
- Rural Mileage Reimbursement program allows eligible residents in rural areas to enlist a neighbor or friend to provide transportation where volunteer drivers may not be available. The neighbor or friend can then be reimbursed for mileage driven to nonemergency medical appointments. The neighbor or friend must be approved as a volunteer driver by Seniors First.
- First 5 Rural Mileage Reimbursement Program allows families of limited means with children prenatal through age 5 to enlist a neighbor or friend to provide transportation where volunteer drivers may not be available. The neighbor or friend can then be reimbursed for mileage driven to essential needs type trips (nonemergency medical appoints, grocery store, county services).
This program is collaboration between Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency, Seniors First, Area 4 Agency on Aging, and First 5 Placer, with Seniors First currently serving as the implementing agency. Since December 2009, PCTPA, acting as the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (CTSA), has endeavored to improve transportation options for elderly and persons with disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit services in Placer County.
The My Rides Program helps individuals get to where they need to go and support those volunteers willing to get them there!
For more information on volunteering or scheduling a ride please call 1‐800 ‐878‐9222 Ext 201
or visit www.myridesplacer.org