by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove’s participation in the Ride in Kane program begins Friday, May 1. The program will provide inexpensive curb-to-curb transportation to work, health care visits and daycare for eligible elderly and disabled residents.
â€œWithout it, these people are trapped at home,â€ said former trustee Joe Wolf, the Sugar Grove representative on the Paratransit Council. â€œIt’s a growing problem. By and large, it’s something every community needs.â€
Sugar Grove joins the county-wide transit program in operation since February 2008 in municipalities such as Batavia, Elgin, Geneva, Hampshire, St. Charles and Aurora, Batavia, Elgin, Geneva and Dundee townships.
To schedule a ride, participants contact a centralized call center that dispatches taxis, Pace lift-equipped buses or other service providers to the individual’s home. Riders will pay $3 for the first 10 miles of their trip and $1.50 for each additional mile.
Residents who wish to access the service are asked to complete an application through the Sugar Grove Library District, which will determine their eligibility for the program.
Ride in Kane began with approximately $2.4 million in New Freedom Initiative and Job Access Reverse Commute federal funding awarded from the Regional Transportation Authority, plus $1.7 million in a local match from the participating entities.
Sugar Grove has committed $4,000 in funding for its first year in conjunction with the Sugar Grove Park District, Public Library District and Township. If the allotted $4,000 is used up before the end of the year, the entities can decide not to contribute additional funding and withdraw from Ride in Kane.
Qualifications for eligibility
â€¢ Inability to obtain a
driver’s license due to
age or disability
â€¢ Low income residents
with no other available
â€¢ Riders pay $3 for first 10
miles and $1.50 for each
â€¢ Health care visits
â€¢ Adult or child daycare
Call (630) 466-4507,