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Transit Regional Reduced Fare Card Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities.
Transit Regional Reduced Fare Program
The Reduced Fare program is a federally funded program that allows seniors and people with disabilities to ride public transportation systems at a 50% reduced rate. Having the Reduced Fare card system does not only make transportation more affordable for people that are on limited incomes, but adds convenience and security to customers.
Beginning on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 transportation providers in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties began implementing the Transit Regional Reduced Fare Card Program. Below you will find a list of participating transportation providers in the tri-county region. Transpo; a transit bus service out of South Bend Indiana, has also agreed to honor the reduced fare identification cards for many customers that frequently travel to South Bend, Indiana.
- Berrien and Buchanan Bus Headquarters, 4676 E Shawnee Rd, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
- Cass County Transit, 400 E State Street Cassopolis, MI 49031
- Dowagiac Dial- A- Ride, 200 Depot Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047
- Niles Dial-A- Ride, 623 N. Second Street, Niles, MI 49120
- Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority: 275 E. Wall Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
- Van Buren Public Transit, 610 David Walton Dr, Bangor, MI 49013
Reduced Transit Fare Card Application
The application consists of three parts. Part A asks for basic identification information; Part B, is for senior certification and Part C defines the nature of an applicant's disability and must be filled out by a physician or healthcare professional.
You may download, print, and fill in the PDF application ahead of time, but please make sure the entire application is completed before bringing or mailing the application to a public transit office. Applicants can find the application online here or type in http://www.gorideshare.org/downloads/reduced_fare_card_application.pdf into your browser to download and print an application now.
If you already have a Medicare Card or SSD award letter ...
Complete Part A and B of the Reduced Transit Fare application and bring it along with your Medicare Card or Social Security Disability (SSD) letter and a valid photo ID to the Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority located on 275 E. Wall St, Benton Harbor, MI across from Harbor Towers. Customers have the option to visit or mail in his/her application to receive the Transit Regional Reduced Fare card.
If you do not have a Medicare Card or SSD award letter ...
Complete Part A of the Reduced Transit Fare application, have your physician or professional social worker complete Part C of the application, and then either bring or mail the completed application to your nearest public transit office to receive your Transit Regional Reduced Fare card.
Note: When mailing application, please be sure to send a copy of a photo picture id and any other documents that will help verify your age or disability.
When to Expect your Reduced Fare Card
Once the application is completed and approved by the transportation provider, the applicant will be mailed his/her reduced fare identification card within 7-10 business days. If the application is mailed or faxed to the transportation provider, please allow up to three weeks for processing.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mobility Consultant & Community Liaison, Christina Pippen at 269.925.1137. ext 19. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discounted Punch Cards Are Now Available
Twin Cities Dial-A-Ride now has PUNCH CARDS available for both "Dial-A-Ride" and "Dollar Ride" (Line Haul) bus service!The two punch cards available are the $12 reduced fare card, for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, and $20, for regular fare passengers. The Twin Cities Dial- a-Ride is allowing individuals to ride the Dollar Ride buses free to the Dial-A-Ride offices to purchase the punch card!