After a trial run of three months, the City Council voted 5-0 to expand the program.
Written by VINCENT WEI / Published September 16, 2011
Eligible county residents will still be allowed to use Temple City’s Dial-A-Ride transportation services following the City Council’s decision on Tuesday.
The City Council voted unanimously to continue offering service to select county residents during the November 2, 2010 city council meeting.
“To this date, we have nine individuals registered for the Dial-A-Ride program that are county residents,” Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs said.
“However, none of them have used this service as of yet.”
Burroughs said that staff’s recommendation was to “continue the program as it is.”
Some council members were surprised that no county resident had opted to use the program.
“I’m surprised at the low usage rate for what appeared to be a big need,” said Councilman Carl Blum. Blum opposed extending the service to county residents in June.
Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Chavez said, “Sounds like it’s working out.”
In June, the City Council voted 3-1 to permit select county residents to use the Dial-A-Ride service, which was previously only available to Temple City residents.
Only county residents who lived in areas adjacent to Temple City, that was also south of Duarte Road, were eligible to become a user.
“The restrictions were based on location of where they lived,” Burroughs said.
County users also have to meet the following eligibility requirement: be at least 60 years of age or older or have a disability.
The extension of Dial-A-Ride to select county residents was made possible after Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist pitched the idea to her colleagues earlier this year.