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Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled (BRSD)

***Formerly Berkeley Paratransit Services***

The ability to perform daily activities of shopping, getting to appointments and community meetings, and seeing friends and family requires that we each be able to "get around."  Forms of transit, such as AC Transit buses, BART, East Bay Paratransit (ATC), taxicabs, and wheelchair-accessible vans all play vital roles in meeting the community's need for transportation alternatives. Some residents have difficulty using either transit buses or BART trains and stations.

Access to transportation is no less vital to older adults and those with disabilities. Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled (BRSD) assists Berkeley residents with disabilities, and those 70 years of age or over by providing four programs that enhance access to different transportation services.

The programs are:

 PROGRAM

 

ELIGIBILITY

 
Taxi Scrip Program: Provides a limited amount of free scrip (i.e., temporary paper money) to pay for rides on conventional taxicabs, wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, vans, and other selected vehicles. 

Seniors over the age of 80 or those certified as disabled by East Bay Paratransit of ANY income; AND seniors age 70 to 79 whose incomes are not more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income.

Wheelchair-Van Program: Provides a limited amount of free van vouchers and/or free taxi scrip exclusively to wheelchair users needing wheelchair-accessible van service for rides that are beyond the scope of services provided by East Bay Paratransit/ATC (also known as Intelitran). Those who travel by wheelchair and are certified by East Bay Paratransit as requiring “wheelchair-lift” service, irrespective of income level.

East Bay Paratransit Tickets: Provides for a limited number of free East Bay Paratransit/ATC tickets to individuals certified by East Bay Paratransit. Limited to providing transportation services to people who meet criteria established in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Medical Return Trip Improvement Program (MrTrip)
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. Supplemental Taxi Scrip has been distributed in lieu of program discontinuation. 

High Medical Need Program: Assists registered Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled program participants with transportation needs associated with frequent medical appointments by issuing extra taxi scrip or wheelchair van vouchers. Funded by Measure BB. Must be an existing Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled participant. Eligibility determined based on need.

 

For an electronic application CLICK HERE. (This application can be typed, printed, and signed OR printed and filled out by hand)

To pick up an application or for more information contact:

Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled (BRSD)
Phone: (510) 981-7269
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

North Berkeley Senior Center
1900 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
  South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

 

Berkeley Rides for Seniors & the Disabled (BRSD) is funded in part through county Measure B and Measure BB funds, which are administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC). More information about Measure B and Measure BB is available at  http://www.alamedactc.org/

 

 

 

 

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