Beginning July 1, East Valley Dial-a-Ride (EVDAR) service features a new, wider array of vehicles allowing a more custom fit to the travel requests made by EVDAR passengers.

Service will be provided in Discount Cab vehicles and other providers depending upon the need of each passenger.

Those providers include: the MARC Center, DMTS-Dependable Medical Transport Service, QTS-Quality Transport Services, PHX EI Transportation, Dunn Transportation, Hope Medical and NetCor.

The transition to the new vehicles has been evolving over the past few months and became complete on July 1.

All providers and drivers are required to follow the same federal standards as required by any public transportation provider. In addition to strict safety requirements, the new EVDAR provides:

• Customized and flexible service: A reservationist will discuss specific needs of the passenger and matching the appropriate vehicle.

• More direct route service: Fewer shared rides for passengers who need or prefer to go directly to their destination.

• Door-to-door service: All drivers will continue to meet you at your door for assistance getting to the vehicle.

Valley residents who can access EVDAR include: Persons who are ADA certified, other persons with disabilities (Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe only), and senior citizens age 65 and older (Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe only).

ADA trips must be scheduled one to 14 days in advance by calling (480) 633-0101.

All ADA trips are $3.50 each way. Non-ADA/Demand trips must be scheduled one to three days in advance and fares are $1.00 to board and $.50 for each additional zone.

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