Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
DuPage County Board Celebrates One-Millionth Ride on Ride DuPage Transportation Service
This morning the DuPage County Board recognized Ride DuPage, a dial-a-ride program serving seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, for providing its one millionth ride.
Ride DuPage provides bus or taxi services, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at reduced rates for those who need travel assistance to and from work, school, medical and other appointments. The travel expenses are subsidized through a partnership with DuPage County and Pace Suburban Bus Service along with several townships, municipalities and non-profit organizations.
The ceremonial one-millionth ride was taken by Patrick Byrne of Glen Ellyn, who has used Ride DuPage’s services for nearly a decade for work, medical appointments and social outings.
“At the time, I took a job that was farther from home than I was comfortable walking unless it was a nice day. Ride DuPage wound up being a perfect fit. When you don’t drive and don’t want to be a burden on your family and friends, Ride DuPage is a godsend,” said Byrne, whose wife, Ann, also uses the service.
Ride DuPage was developed in 2004 by DuPage County Community Services, the Village of Glen Ellyn, Lisle Township, the City of Naperville, Naperville Township and Pace Suburban Bus Service, according to DuPage County Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Bob Larsen. At the time, it was the first coordinated dial-a-ride program in the Chicago area.
“Easily accessible and affordable public transportation can be challenging in the suburbs. In an effort to meet these challenges, DuPage County along with Pace and local government entities pooled their resources to develop an innovative and sustainable dial-a-ride program. It is a great example of what can be accomplished when several entities work together to meet a need in the community,” said Larsen.
Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski said he is proud of the partnership that created Ride DuPage.
“It took a great deal of courage and leadership to be the first in the region to launch a program of this magnitude. We’re grateful to all of the project partners past and present for their collaboration, time and effort dedicated to improving the mobility of DuPage County residents,” said Kwasneski.
Throughout the past 10 years, the program has expanded to serve residents of Addison Township, Milton Township, Wheatland Township and the City of Wheaton. In addition, several non-profit organizations and government agencies also participate in the program including the Ray Graham Association, Spectrum Vocational Services, Parents Alliance Employment Project, Supportive Employment Associates, West Suburban Special Recreation Association, DuPage Veterans Assistance Commission and the DuPage County Health Department.