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Tinley Park’s Dial-A-Ride appears set for 2013

Updated: January 7, 2013 1:27PM



Seniors and the disabled in Tinley Park should again have access to affordable transportation next year.

The village board on Tuesday night gave initial approval to funding its share of the Pace “Dial-A-Ride” bus that takes people around town.

The village will pay $46,000, just less two-thirds of the total, for the program in 2013. Pace, the suburban bus agency, picks up the remaining $27,000, Trustee Patty Leoni said.

The board is expected to give final approval to the funding plan on Dec. 18.

“The bus goes to the stores, like if they want to go to Walt’s or CVS or Walgreens,” Leoni said.

The Dial-A-Ride program provides nearly 10,000 rides every year, she said.

“We’re not really in the bus business. We don’t have a senior bus. A lot of villages and townships have that. So we kind of work hand-in-hand with Pace,” Leoni said.

The rides aren’t free, but are affordable.

People between ages 55 and 64 pay $1.30 for a one-way ride on the bus, Leoni said.

The disabled and seniors ages 65 and older pay 65 cents for each one-way trip on the bus, she said.

The bus runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Reservations can be made by calling (708) 532-7433.



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