PennDOT’s online resource helps seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities during holiday travel season

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – As people plan their local trips this holiday season, PennDOT is encouraging seniors, veterans and those with disabilities to use the innovative online resource to access and schedule fixed route and shared ride transportation services.

“People with special transportation needs should not have to worry about accessing transportation services any time of the year, and this especially holds true during the holidays,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “FindMyRidePA can help those with travel needs secure local transportation to meet everyday needs, continue holiday traditions and gather with friends and family.”

Now active in Adams, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon and York counties, is a user-friendly website that provides individuals with fixed route and shared ride transportation options, including some ride options that pick people up at home and drop them off where they need to go.

FindMyRidePA also is the nation’s first web-based resource of this type to integrate paratransit trip scheduling, which helps people with special needs travel to places they need to go–like the grocery store or medical appointments–to maintain their independence. Paratransit service specifically serves those with special transportation needs.

Riders can access the system through computers, tablets and smartphones. Residents who are already shared ride users can use the service by visiting the website and entering their Shared Ride ID, county of residence and date of birth. Enter the date, time, location and purpose of the trip, and then select the preferred ride option.

Users also can see planned trips, email the trip information for their planning and records, or cancel their reservations at the website.

Residents who are not Shared Ride users can get more information about the program by calling 1-844-PA4-RIDE.

FindMyRidePA is sponsored by PennDOT with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The program pilot with rabbittransit was announced in August. Discounted shared ride services are sponsored by the commonwealth and are paid for by the Pennsylvania Lottery and other funding sources.

The program area has 1.4 million residents and more than 120,000 veterans and is served by Capital Area Transit, CamTran/CamTran+,Lebanon Transit, rabbittransit and Raider Regional Transit and their associated ADA paratransit services and shared ride systems.