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DASH Bus Starts FREE rides for Paratransit Riders

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

DOT/MetroAccess Ride Free Program Starts October 1

The DOT/MetroAccess Ride Free Program is a partnership between DASH and the City of Alexandria to provide DOT (paratransit riders) and MetroAccess cardholders with FREE rides on all DASH buses! The program will provide additional mobility and transportation options for eligible residents to travel within the City of Alexandria for any trip purpose. The program will reduce the City’s overall subsidy costs for DOT/MetroAccess rides, and will provide program participants with a free ride that requires no advance booking.

“Our partnership with the City of Alexandria will provide increased mobility options for DOT Paratransit and MetroAccess riders as a convenient and hassle-free way to ride DASH, while also reducing the City’s overall subsidy cost for paratransit service,” said Martin Barna, ATC’s Director of Planning and Scheduling. “We strive to offer exceptional transit service to all city residents, and this program will go a long ways in helping us move towards that goal.”

To participate in the MetroAccess Program, eligible riders will still need to swipe their SmarTrip Card when boarding DASH, but will no longer be charged a fare. DOT participants just need to show their DOT card to the DASH Bus Operator and hop aboard!

For information and eligibility requirements on the MetroAccess Program, please visit WMATA Metro Access Services<https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility/metro-access/> or call the WMATA Transit Accessibility Center at 202.962.2700. For the DOT Paratransit Program, please visit City of Alexandria’s DOT Paratransit Program<https://www.alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=6538> or call 703.746.4079.

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