Atomic City Transit Adding ADA Paratransit Service

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit will be adding ADA complementary paratransit service to its mix of transportation offerings.

The new service, which will operate under the name “ACT Assist,” has a targeted start date of Jan. 25, 2016 and will provide transit service to individuals with disabilities that is comparable to the level of service provided to individuals without disabilities on the regular bus system.

“We’re happy to be introducing this new service model in Los Alamos County and confident that ACT Assist will not only improve the transit experience for individuals with disabilities, but also bring us more into line with Federal requirements,” Transit Manager Ken Smithson said.

The latter is important, as the County relies heavily on Federal funding assistance to operate its transit services.

The County Council approved the ACT Assist ADA Complementary Paratransit Policies and Procedures at its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 27 and Atomic City Transit will take three months to implement the program. This will provide time for individuals to complete and submit applications, and be certified as “ADA paratransit eligible” per the Federal guidelines.

All applicants, including those currently registered on the Dial-a-Ride service, must complete the application form.

“We’ll keep everyone in the community well informed as we roll out the program,” added Smithson, “and we invite those who wish to be considered for the service to begin submitting applications now.”

More information on the program, including an application that can be downloaded, is available at the Atomic City Transit website (www.atomiccitytransit.com), on the ACT Assist page.

Direct questions or concerns to Atomic City Transit at 505.661.7433.

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