PWD Persons With Disabilities

 

ATA's Program for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

ATA’s Transportation Program for Persons with Disabilities provides transportation to persons with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Shared-ride transportation is provided at a discounted fare to registered persons with disabilities who are between the ages of 18 and 64. PwD is offered in all six counties served by ATA. To qualify for the ATA-PwD discount you must establish your eligibility and complete a registration form provided by ATA or apply directly through the online eligibility system. Print application forms are also available directly from ATA, LIFT, and other agencies that serve persons with disabilities.

You can now apply online. (See details below) You will also need to provide written verification that you are a person with a disability. If you do not have any written verification ATA provides a certificate of disability form to be completed by a professional who is familiar with your disability.

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HOW THE ATA PWD PROGRAM WORKSATA PWD Trifold brochure 2021

PwD is provided on ATA’s shared-ride services only. Trips taken on low cost fixed routes are not eligible for discount under PwD.


All PwD rides must be requested at least one working day prior to the scheduled pickup time to qualify for the discount and the individual must agree to share the vehicle with other riders. If you live in a serviced area of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean or Potter counties, ATA will pick you up at your home (or another location of your choice) and take you to your destination, then pick up at a scheduled time and return you to your home. For information on specific service areas and schedules, please contact  ATA Customer Service. Shared-ride trips are scheduled based on demand and the availability of resources. The PwD program does not provide extra services beyond what ATA currently provides, but offers a substantial discount on its existing shared-ride services.


ATA fits all trip requests into a schedule that varies day to day. Some vehicles fill up quickly. Make reservations as soon as possible or within two weeks prior to departure. While ATA makes every effort to meet the needs of its customers, there are limited resources and ATA may not be able to accommodate every request. ATA reserves the right to create and adjust schedules on an “as needed” basis and to eliminate routes when an inadequate demand exists. To assure your place on the bus, be flexible in your trip plan.

COST
Regular fares for shared-ride services are at least $2.25 and go up from there depending on the service type and the distance traveled. The fares are heavily discounted. For instance, a regular fare of $2.25 would be discounted so that your portion would be $.35. Your portion of a fare of $3.50 would be $.55.


Customer Service and the ATA Call Center provide specific fare information based upon the service needed and availability. Get more information or apply To get more information about the program and its requirements, and to receive an application by mail, call ATA’s Customer Service Center:  1-866-282-4968.

PwD PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
Individuals with an eligible disability who need transportation in areas that are not serviced by fixed routes, who are not eligible for any other funding services and who are between the ages of 18-64 are eligible for the program.  In 2021 ATA in cooperation with participating agncies launched an online pathway to eligibility called FMR ELIGIBILITY.  Find My Ride Eligibility allows you to apply directly on the web using a special web based application system.  Click on the AD below to initiate your application for this service.  It is quick, secure and clear online application process:

 

 

 

PwD is supplemental

If you are eligible for shared ride transportation under another program such as the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP), your medical or medical related trips will be provided under MATP. The PwD program is supplemental to the other funding sources available to persons with disabilities. PwD is used when all other payment options have been applied.

PwD ESCORTS RIDE FREE

If a safety escort or a personal care attendant (PCA) is necessary to assist the person with disabilities when entering or exiting the vehicle, the escort may qualify to ride free with you. Persons with disabilities may travel with certified guide and service dogs on all ATA transit vehicles.

PwD TRANSPORTATION COST IS A 'LAST OPTION'

If you are currently in another transportation program that is sponsored by an agency or community organization these sources of rider support will be used first with PwD program as the last option. The PwD program is helpful since it offers a shared-ride trip that does not qualify under other transportation programs. It offers low cost access to transportation services offered by ATA.

PwD Publications and Applications Available for Download

[ Tri-Fold Brochure

ATA PWD 2021]

[ ATA PWD APPLICATION

& Eligibility Forms]

[ Applicant Instructions PDF]

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