Monroe County Transit Authority
Ponies

Shared Ride Programs At A Glance

Public Shared RideSenior Shared RideRural Transportation for Persons with DisabilitiesMedical Assistance TransportationADA Complimentary Paratransit Service
Who is EligibleGeneral public with origins or destinations more than 1/4 mile from the public fixed route.People, age 65+ with origins or destinations more than 1/4 mile from the public fixed routePeople, ages 18-64 with verification of a disability and unable to access or board the public fixed routePeople with verification of Medical Assistance eligibility with origins or destinations more than 1/4 mile from the public fixed routePeople with verification of a disability who are unable to access or board the public fixed route
Fares / Each WayFull FareFares range between $1.00 to $2.50 between 0.1 and 30 miles and $4.50 and $7.50 30.1 miles or more.Fare range between $3.00 / $6.30 from 0.1 to 30 miles and $7.50 30.1 miles or more.No FareEach trip is $3.00
Escorts / Personal Care Attendants PermittedNoFree with verification that a rider is unable to use the program without assistanceFree with verification that a rider is unable to use the program without assistanceFree with verification that a rider is unable to use the program without assistanceFree with verification that a rider is unable to use the program without assistance
Companions / Family / Friends PermittedYes, but must pay full fareYes, but must pay full fareYes, but must pay full fareOne adult is permitted to accompany minor children under the age of 18 without a fare$3.00
Areas ServedMonroe County and some regions out of countyMonroe County and some regions out of countyMonroe County and some regions out of countyMonroe County and some regions out of countyOrigins and destinations no more than 3/4 mile of the public fixed route
Trip PurposeAny PurposeAny PurposeAny PurposeLimited to trip for medical purposes covered by Medical Assistance onlyAny Purpose
Appointment WindowMon - Fri.
10 AM - 2 PM
Mon - Fri.
10 AM - 2 PM
Mon - Fri.
10 AM - 2 PM
Mon - Fri.
10 AM - 2 PM
Based on public fixed route operating hours

Applying for Shared Ride Programs: All Shared Ride programs have individual eligibility requirements. Though a consumer may be eligible for more than one program they must apply for each program individually. A person who qualifies for ADA Complimentary Paratransit will also qualify for Rural Transportation for Persons with Disabilities but must complete the application process for both programs.
Scheduling Shared Ride Trips: All Shared Ride programs operate on a reservation basis. All in-county trips must be reserved at least 2 business days in advance. All out of county trips must be reserved at least 2 days, but preferrably 3 business days in advance. The Shared Ride reservation department is available Monday through Friday between 6:00 AM and 4:30 PM at (570) 839-8210.

Definition of Terms

Disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as, "with respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment."
Major Life Activities is regarded as "functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and work."
Escorts / Personal Care Attendant is regarded as "a person providing service to the eligible individual."
Companions / Family / Friends is regarded as "a person accompanying the individual, and is not a personal care attendant, unless the family or friend registered is acting in the capacity of a personal care attendant." All individuals 'accopanying' ADA paratransit eligible riders must have the same origin and destination as the eligible individual.