COSTA MESA : OCTA to Discuss Senior Services Plan

The Orange County Transportation Authority will host a meeting Friday at the Costa Mesa Senior Center to discuss potential changes in transportation service for seniors.

OCTA is proposing to discontinue Dial-a-Ride's door-to-door service for able-bodied senior citizens and to increase the cost of ACCESS van transportation for the disabled from $1.50 to $2 per ride in June.

A program for the disabled is required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. In December, ACCESS provided 16,100 trips, using a fleet of 36 vans and 14 taxis.

The proposed cuts to Dial-a-Ride are the result of increased demand for transportation from the disabled, according to OCTA spokesman John Standiford. He said the county's proposal will be explained at the senior center Friday, and there will be a chance for people make suggestions. The OCTA board meets in May to vote on the changes.

The forum will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at 695 W. 19th St. For more information, call OCTA customer relations at (714) 636-7433.

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