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Special Needs Transportation Services

There are three paratransit services in the PAG region. Each of these services requires advance reservations and provides door-to-door service between the rider’s residence and his/her destination.

Several publicly funded transit programs are available in the Tucson area to serve those with disabilities. Generally, people seeking to ride these specialized services must first establish that they are unable to use public transportation, i.e. bus service, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Eligibility Office of the City of Tucson determines eligibility for all the publicly funded transit in the region.
  • Sun Van serves ADA-eligible persons who reside within ¾ of a mile of a Sun Tran bus route.
  • RTA Special Needs Transit, with service provided by Handicar, serves a substantial portion of eastern Pima County.
  • Coyote Run, operated by the Town of Oro Valley for residents of the town, provides trips to destinations within the town and to designated areas south, east and west of Oro Valley. Elderly (62+) residents of Oro Valley also are eligible to ride regardless of their disability status.

Sun Tran and Sun Shuttle buses are transit systems for the general public that are accessible to disabled persons and the elderly. No advance reservations are required. However, these operate on fixed routes and schedules and do not offer door-to-door service.

In addition, there are several commercial providers of paratransit services, some of whom operate wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles. The private pay rate for such paratransit service is substantially higher than for the publicly subsidized transportation described above. The Yellow Pages list a number of these commercial providers. A number of human services agencies also operate lift-equipped vehicles, but these usually are restricted to serving clients of their programs.
 

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