Launched in April in White Plains, the program gives ParaTransit riders the option of taking a cab, instead of a ParaTransit van, to places within the city. Riders say they like being brought directly to their destinations, unlike the van service, which makes multiple stops for other passengers.
Registered ParaTransit riders still have to arrange pick-ups at their homes ahead of time, but don’t need to schedule their return trip in advance; they can call the cab company when they are ready to go home.
Westchester provides the taxi option through contracts with a local cab companies and saves money on the trips because labor costs are less expensive than the van service, officials have said.
ParaTransit riders pay $4 for a cab, the same as a van, which is still available for those who need it. The county provides ParaTransit service for seniors and the disabled who are not mobile enough to use public transportation.
The program in White Plains has provided roughly 2,640 rides from April to Dec. 1.
Now that the taxi option is available in Peekskill, the county plan to add it in New Rochelle next, officials said.
For more information, see disabled.westchestergov.com.
(ParaTransit rider Robin Jones of White Plains gets ready to take a cab on May 29, 2012 after a news conference announcing the new Bee-Line Taxi program. Photo credit: Theresa Juva-Brown, The Journal News/LoHud.com)