City to Consider Dial-A-Ride Expansion

Parks and Recreation Commission will first review expansion of Dial-A-Ride to unincorporated areas.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published January 14, 2011

The Parks and Recreation commission will review the expansion of Temple City’s Dial-A-Ride program to unincorporated county areas, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs on Thursday stated.

“Currently, individuals living in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, bordering Temple City, are not eligible for the City’s Dial-A-Ride program,” she wrote in the April 8, 2010 city managers’ weekly report.

According to Burroughs, when the City receives an inquiry from a county resident, the city “refers them to L.A. County’s Dial-A-Ride program.”

The issue of expanding coverage was brought up by Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist at a recent city council meeting.

Only Temple City residents who meet the program’s requirements are eligible to participate in the city’s Dial-A-Ride program.

Once the Parks and Recreation commission reviews the matter, a recommendation will be given to the City Council, Burroughs said.

“There are several issues that need to be discussed if a change in the current policy is being considered, not the least of which is how far outside the City limits we would expand,” the parks and recreation director noted.

The Dial-A-Ride program was last amended in May 2009 when the City Council agreed to allow minors under the age of 13 to accompany a qualified rider.

Currently, Temple City residents 60 years of age and older or 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.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation department at 626-285-2171.

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