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On May 3, Valley Regional Transit (VRT) began offering offer a new no-fare option to get Nampa and Caldwell residents to medical appointments with the startup of its Canyon County Rides2Wellness service.
The new Rides2Wellness service will increase access to medical appointments for those who are unable to use existing transportation options offered by VRT.
“Canyon County health care providers have told us that they have clients who can’t get to their appointments,” said Kelli Badesheim, VRT Executive Director. “Participants will be able to get to their medical appointments, receive treatment, and improve their health.”
VRT currently offers two transportation options: ACCESS paratransit service, which requires an extensive prequalification process, and the 150 VRT OnDemand service, which picks up and drops off passengers at more than 200 existing and virtual bus stops in Nampa/Caldwell.
Here is how the new Rides2Wellness service works:
- 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.
VRT has operated a similar Rides2Wellness service in Ada County since late 2016. This no-fare medical transportation service has been a big success. In fiscal year 2020, Ada County Rides2Wellness provided 7,338 rides.