Truckee OK’s another year of paratransit service |

Truckee OK’s another year of paratransit service

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun file photoDial-A-Ride driver Chace Paradise raises Bridget Weiszhaar into a bus outside the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center this spring. Truckee has approved another year of the paratransit service.

Truckee Town Council last week approved a new plan that will help the disabled and the elderly get around town using public transportation.

Working with LSC Transportation Consultants, the Town of Truckee is creating a Paratransit Plan to comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“When you receive federal Transit Administration funds you must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that means having a level of service comparable to those without disabilities,” said Genevieve Evans of LSC Transportation Consultants at Thursday’s meeting.

The council’s decision means that paratransit should be available within three-quarters of a mile of any existing fixed route shuttle, and operate during the same hours, according to town staff reports.

For Truckee, this means adding a paratransit route to match the Sugar Bowl Winter Route, according to the report.

According to the Town of Truckee ADA Paratransit Plan, prepared by LSC, 5,107 seniors used the town’s Dial-a-Ride system in the 2005-06 fiscal year, and 4,234 disabled passengers, including 615 in wheelchairs, used the same service.

That adds up to just under 40 percent of the total ridership for the fiscal year, according the plan.

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