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SIMI VALLEY : Rides for Disabled May Be Expanded

Plans are under way to provide Simi Valley’s disabled residents greater access to public transportation.

An annual report on the city’s public transportation system indicates a high demand for the 4-year-old service that provides door-to-door bus service for the city’s disabled and elderly passengers. Officials plan to expand the service to meet the steadily increasing demand.

The report, which will be submitted to the Simi Valley City Council at its meeting Monday night, outlines plans to increase service this year and add an additional van to the city’s fleet of three dial-a-ride buses.

Launched in 1991, the service allows elderly and disabled riders to reserve door-to-door transportation 24 hours in advance to any place in the city. The cost of the transportation is $1.

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The service provided about 13,000 trips in 1994, and the number is expected to jump to about 18,000 this year.

“We’re going to expand our hours to include peak hours in the morning and the evening,” said Judy Collins, the city’s deputy director of community services.

“It’s always been a popular service and I imagine that ridership will increase with the increased hours and the additional van.”


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