Monterey Park City Council approved a citywide taxi voucher program where senior citizens will be able to get a taxi ride anywhere in the city for $1 per trip.
The “pilot project” will be limited to $10,000 funded by state approved bond measures. The city staff will have to report in May to report on the progress of the project.
The pilot project was originally proposed to provide transportation to the Senior Village housing project located at the east end of the city on Potrero Grande Drive. There is no current public bus service to the 80 residents of the facility.
However, the Councilwoman Teresa Real Sebastian made a motion to make the pilot project available to all senior residents of the city.
She and Councilman Mitchell Ing argued that it would be more fair to offer the taxi vouchers to all senior citizens and not just one area.
The $1 taxi service will take seniors to any location in the city and more than one person can ride in the taxi vehicle for the same price.
The balance of the cost for a 3-mile ride is paid for by the transportation funds. The procedures for obtaining taxi vouchers are being prepared by the city recreation department.
Senior Citizens can also get free rides through the city’s Dial-a-Ride program. Spirit bus service is also as a low-cost transportation.