Georgetown paratransit bus service increases ridership for residents over 65

Beginning October 3, Georgetown Paratransit Service, GoGeohas extended its availability to residents 65 and older.

This service upgrade is the direct result of a workshop and town council discussion held in June. At the June meeting, Jack Daly, Georgetown’s assistant director of public works, said expanding service eligibility to residents 65 and older will help the city use more hours in its contract with the Capital Metro transit agency.

The total cost of extended services is $575,753, with the City of Georgetown portion amounting to $345,452 and Federal Transit Administration funds covering the remaining $230,301.

In August, the council approved the contract and assumes full use of 6,376 hours of service, even though the city would have to use 2,400 hours under the old eligibility terms, Daly said.

“The City of Georgetown remains committed to providing exceptional services where they are needed,” Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder said in an Oct. 27 news release. “The council recognizes the need for our residents to access services, such as health care and shopping, and we know that this service will help us meet the needs of our residents, especially those with disabilities or our older residents. older people who need transportation.

In addition to expanding its ridership, the service began operating two vehicles in fiscal year 2022-23. The first is reserved for paratransit, that is to say the transport of disabled people, and the other for the elderly.

According to city officials, GoGeo, which is operated by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, as a contractor to CapMetro, serves 321 customers.

The service uses a door-to-door drop-off system and can accommodate 12 passengers at a time.

Eligibility and selection for limited paratransit services are provided through a paper application by CARTS. Georgetown residents age 65 and older can call CARTS at 512-478-7433 to complete an intake form.

A one-way ticket costs $2 and the service operates Monday through Friday. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. within Georgetown city limits. A map of the service area is available here.

Eligibility criteria

• Have reduced mobility. A doctor or specialist must verify the application.

• Be over 65 years old.

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