Minors, who are thirteen years of age or younger, can now accompany a qualified rider on the Temple City Dial-A-Ride service.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, the City Council changed the rules of the Dial-A-Ride service after hearing testimony from residents.
Previously, only registered Dial-A-Ride service users were allowed to use the program. Exceptions were made for service dogs and medical escorts.
The person behind this recent change is Temple City resident Angelica Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, a Dial-A-Ride user, petitioned before the Parks and Recreation commission in March 2009 for a change in the city’s policy. Gonzalez and her eight-year old daughter had attempted to board the vehicle, but were told city policy did not allow for it.
Only the City Council can change the policy said Parks and Recreation director Cathy Burroughs at the March commission meeting.
Two months later, Gonzalez reappeared before the City Council to ask the legislative body to alter the Dial-A-Ride policy. Another resident, Linda Beckon, also spoke in favor of permitting minors to accompany registered service riders.
Interim city manager Cathy Burroughs noted on May 19 that approximately half of the other cities allow minors to accompany Dial-A-Ride users.
Temple City councilman Tom Chavez moved to amend the city’s policy, after the council had discussed the issue. It was unanimously approved 3-0-2. Councilmembers Dave Capra and Vincent Yu were absent.
Temple City residents who are either 60 years of age and older or under the age of 60 and are disabled can register to become a Dial-A-Ride user. Applications are available online and can be obtained at City Hall.
The fare for using the city-sponsored service is 50 cents one-way. Guests are required to pay the same fee.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation department at 626-285-2171.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on August 28, 2009.