Frankfort Township residents may have noticed a slight change in the township’s dial-a-ride program, which officials say is the result of driver retirements.
In the past, Frankfort Township has used two vehicles and two drivers to provide dial-a-ride services as well as hiring Will-Ride, out of Will County, to provide transportation services to older residents or residents with disabilities who cannot access public transportation , said Frankfort Township Supervisor Jim Moustis.
But, Moustis said, the two drivers have told township officials they plan to retire this year, so officials decided to pay Will-Ride to provide all dial-a-ride services for Frankfort Township. The two vehicles the township used for transportation were Pace vehicles, so the township vehicles will be returned, he said.
“I wanted to make sure that everyone had transportation,” Moustis said. “I wanted to make sure we continued the program.”
Frankfort Township residents who want to utilize Will-Ride should contact the Frankfort Township office to register with Will-Ride, Moustis said.
“We’ll still assist people. They can call here and we’ll assist them with singing up,” Moustis said.
According to Will-Ride’s website, to be eligible for the transportation program residents must register through their respective township.
Will-Ride provides transportation for those 60 and older, residents with disabilities and those needing transportation for work, according to the website. Rides are available from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The service offers transportation to the seven townships of Will County, including Frankfort Township, and extends 10 miles around the seven townships, including Cook County and Lake County in Indiana, according to the website.
For rides within a resident’s township, it is recommended that riders pay $2 one-way and $4 round trip, and $4 one-way and $8 round trip for rides outside the township, according to the website.
Palos Township utilizes the Palos Area Transportation for the Elderly and Disabled, which consists of one wheelchair equipped bus servicing residents 60 and older and disabled residents in Palos Township, officials said.
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Residents within Palos Township can get rides within the township from 8:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday, officials said, and rides can be scheduled with 24-hour notice through the township office. The rides cost $2 one-way and $4 round trip, officials said.
Lindsay Trost, Orland Township administrator, said the township offers the Orland Township Senior Transportation Program for township residents to get to medical appointments, get groceries or run other errands.
The township offers about 1,000 rides a month, Trost said, with 989 rides logged last month, two-thirds of which were medical calls.
“These seniors, who no longer can drive or rely on family members, we can help them out,” Trost said.
Orland Township has eight vehicles, with township logos, that provide transportation services, Trost said. Residents pay $3 each way for rides within the township and $5 each way for medical rides outside the township, she said. The township pays for gas and maintenance of the vehicles.
Residents call to schedule the rides, she said, and state where they would like to go and how long they plan to be at the location.
“It’s something very important we offer seniors in the township,” Trost said.