There are a number of ways to qualify for Washington Rides’ services. Following are are brief descriptions of each of the programs under which an individual may be eligible for transportation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) funds transportation for persons aged 65 and over.
Individuals can ride to a senior center near their home or to adult day care at no cost to the passenger. Trips to medical appointments can be made for a minimal fare, and social, recreational, and work trips for a slightly higher charge. Persons aged 60-64 can also ride to a senior center near their homes or an adult day care at no charge.
Free trips to senior centers and discounts for medical trips are subsidized by the Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging.
Rural Transportation Program for Persons with Disabilities (PwD Program)
PennDOT also sponsors a program similar to Senior Shared-Ride, for persons with disabilities. Anyone with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act can become certified to use this service, and can request a trip for any purpose. A fare is charged to the passenger. The PwD Program cannot be used instead of other available services, such as fixed-route bus service or ADA complementary paratransit.
Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)
This service is provided to eligible persons who are in need of assistance in making trips to and from medical providers enrolled in the Medical Assistance Program, for the purpose of receiving medical treatment or for purchasing prescription drugs or medical equipment. The program is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW).
As the MATP provider for Washington County, Washington Rides must offer customers the least expensive and most appropriate form of transportation available. Depending on the individual and the destination, this could be Washington Rides’ shared-ride service, fixed-route bus service, or reimbursement for mileage in a private vehicle. Determination of the mode is made on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans Transportation Program
This service is provided through a special van for ambulatory veterans who need transportation to the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh. Non-ambulatory veterans would likely be eligible for such transportation through one of our other programs or through the VA Medical Centers.
General Public Service
In addition to all of the agencies and programs that provide funding for transportation services, Washington Rides’ service is available to the general public. Any member of the public may use the service. The only difference is that the service is not subsidized, and the passenger must pay the full fare, not just a co-payment. Call for details