DC transportation program that benefits elderly and disabled residents has restricted its trips

TRANSPORTATION | Transport DC, a transportation program that allows residents, many of whom are elderly and disabled, to take a cab for any purpose for $5, has restricted the trips it offers to just doctor appointments and employment needs. Officials say the change is a result of the high demand for rides and budget limits. (WaPo, 10/15)

Officials say the District is paying about 44 percent less per trip than it would pay Metro for providing the same trips through MetroAccess. Transport DC also has helped reduce the city’s MetroAccess subsidy by 100,000 trips — or about $5 million.

Advocates cite these figures as reason to continue to allow residents to use the Transport DC program for all city travel.

“It was always intended to take trips off MetroAccess,” said Heidi Case, an advocate and user of Transport DC. “They think that if these people can’t use Transport DC they have the MetroAccess option. That costs more — twice as much.”

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