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VRT adds two new no-cost transportation services
Valley Regional Transit is now offering two new no-cost transportation services for veterans in Meridian, and Nampa and Caldwell residents needing to get to medical appointments.
Here are more details on both services:
The Meridian Veterans Shuttle, a new transportation service designed to help veterans living in Meridian get to appointments at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) at no-cost.
The shuttle is a curb-to-curb service that will pick veterans up at their homes, take them to the VAMC, and then take them home again. The shuttle will be available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Meridian Veterans Shuttle is not a taxi or limousine service. It is shared-ride transportation, taking multiple people to their VAMC appointments. The shuttle is coordinated with various transportation providers serving Meridian.
To schedule a ride, a veteran will need to call the VRT Help Desk at 208-345-7433 at least two business days before the appointment and provide the day and time of the appointment. Rides can be scheduled up to two weeks before an appointment. There is no cost for rides. The VRT Help Desk is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The new Canyon County Rides2Wellness service will increase access to medical appointments for those who are unable to use existing transportation options offered by VRT.
Here is how the new Rides2Wellness service will work:
- Rides2Wellness is a flexible program with both an on-demand service utilizing the local bus system and a pre-scheduled service, suited to meet the needs of Nampa and Caldwell residents.
- VRT community partners (including hospitals and medical clinics, schools, housing shelters and food banks) will work with patients/clients to determine if they qualify for transportation to appointments or other medical/health-related activities. This assessment includes determining whether the person can use the existing 150 VRT OnDemand service, which replaced the fixed-route service in Nampa/Caldwell, or needs the more flexible Rides2Wellness service.
- If the patient is a qualified candidate for Rides2Wellness, they will be enrolled in the program by the VRT community partner.
- More information about Rides2Wellness Canyon County is available by calling the VRT Help Desk at 208-345-7433 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.