Transportation Options for South Carolinians with Disabilities
As people with disabilities attempt to maintain successful community integration, one issue that must be addressed is reliable transportation. Without it, individuals may be isolated from important activities such as working, going to school, keeping medical appointments, and participating in social and recreational events. Meaningful community integration, therefore, requires that a person has access to transportation that is both affordable and available. Below are some transportation options:
DART: While there is currently a limited amount of reliable transportation modes available for individuals with disabilities, there are some entities that do provide transportation assistance to help consumers remain viable in society. One of these organizations is the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority which, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, offers Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) as an equivalent service to individuals who cannot utilize the public transit system. DART, a paratransit system, is a curb-to-curb, shared ride service that complements the fixed-route bus services. Riders are picked up and dropped off at the curbs of public streets, and in front of, or as close as possible to, their homes, buildings or other designated locations. If a rider requires assistance, a companion or personal care attendant may accompany them. DART riders must meet eligibility certification, and pay a fee of $2.00 per one-way trip for this service. To request a trip, call DART between two and fourteen days in advance. Same-day trip requests are not accepted. For more information, please call the DART staff at (803) 255-7123 or link to http://www.gocmrta.com/dart.asp.
Medicaid Van: Medicaid also provides transportation for individuals with disabilities through the Medicaid Van Transportation Office. Though transportation is limited to medical visits, those who qualify for the program do not incur any fees for the service. A child under 16 requires an adult escort (no other children can come with the escort); all small children must bring their own car seats. For more information, call 1-866-431-9635.
Rock Hill: Dial a Ride is expected to launch in late August 2007.
Under the program, passengers can call two days in advance to reserve rides anywhere in the city or county for one-way fares of $2.50. It's open to anyone, but seniors are viewed as the target audience because they often don't drive or can't afford cars. Contact the York County Council on Aging at (803) 324-5084. When the recording begins, press option 2.
School Trips: If any of the trips out in the community are school-related in some way, the children's IEP/504 team could include such outings in the IEP. In that way, responsibility for transportation would be the school district's. For older children, trips to community may well be a justified part of their transition planning to learn about malls, restaurants, banks etc.
Other Transportation Resources
Community Transportation Association of America
1341 G. Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Easter Seals Project ACTION
700 Thirteenth St., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
http://www.projectaction.org - The website for Project Action, a U.S. DOT & FTA funded program to address accessible transportation in the community.
Federal Transit Administration
400 7th St., SW
Washington, DC 20590
305 Heatley Street
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Toll Free: 800-966-6631
The TriCounty Link system is comprised of 9 regular fixed routes and 4 commuter routes that provide services to rural residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The system also includes Medicaid transport, adult daycare transportation and other various contracts with private companies.
United We Ride (UWR)
http://www.unitedweride.gov/ - The United We Ride (UWR) new website for the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM).
http://ftawebprod.fta.dot.gov/UsefulPractices/ - The United We Ride website's page with useful practices undertaken by local transportation providers.
SCATP welcomes additional information on this Web page. Please send information about transportation in your locale to Carol.Page@uscmed.sc.edu.