"Since CTS is fareless, will my Dial-A-Bus rides be fareless, too?" The answer to that question is ...possibly.
Dial-A-Bus is the contractor for several different programs but at least two of those programs overlap:
The City's ADA Paratransit Service program, and
The Benton County Special Transportation Fund (STF) program.
These are two different programs, however (since Corvallis sits entirely within Benton County), if you qualify for the City's ADA Paratransit Service program, you will automatically qualify for the Benton County STF program, yet only Corvallis ADA Paratransit Service rides in Corvallis are fareless. Benton County STF rides are charged a fare.
(NOTE: While enrollment in the City's program automatically qualifies the rider for the County's program, the reverse is not true. Since the qualification process is different, enrollment in the Benton County STF program does NOT automatically entitle the rider to fareless City ADA paratransit service.)
Three Qualifications for a FARELESS Dial-A-Bus Ride
1. You must be certified by the City of Corvallis as a ADA Paratransit rider. (This means submitting a completed ADA Paratransit Application to Corvallis, waiting for approval, and repeating the certification process every 3 years.)
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2. The ride you are requesting must begin and end during the days & hours that CTS buses and/or the Night Owl operate:
CTS Buses Operate:
Monday-Friday, 6:15 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 7:15 am – 8:00 pm
Night Owl Operates:
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:45 pm - 2:45 am the next morning
(only when OSU is in session -no service during winter and summer breaks)
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3. The ride must begin and end within ¾ of a mile of a CTS or Night Owl bus route.
If any one or more of these qualifications are NOT met, Dial-A-Bus will bill you for the ride using the Benton County STF zone fares or the Philomath Connection ADA fares, as appropriate.
Examples of How Fares are Applied
Example 1: An ADA certified client requests a ride from their home in Corvallis to a church in Corvallis on Sunday. CTS does not operate on Sundays, so this is a Benton County STF ride with a fare.
Example 2: An ADA certified client requests rides to and from their home in Corvallis to a movie theater in Corvallis on a Friday, in February. They want to arrive at 8:30 pm and return at 10:30 pm. The ride to the cinema is fareless because it is during CTS hours. The ride home is also fareless because it is during the days and hours and season that the Night Owl operates. All three qualifications have been met for both rides, so both rides are fareless.
Example 3: An ADA certified client wants a ride from their home in Blodgett to their doctor in Corvallis, a ride from their doctor to Rite Aid in Corvallis, and then a ride from Rite Aid back home to Blodgett on a Tuesday, all between 8 am and 2 pm. The rides to and from Blodgett are beyond 3/4 mile of a CTS route and therefore are Benton County STF rides with a fare each way. The ride from the doctor's office to Rite Aid is the only ride which qualifies as fareless because it is the only ride that meets all three qualifications of 1) a City ADA paratransit certified client, 2) during the days/hours when the buses are running and 3) within 3/4 mile of a CTS route.
Example 4: A person with a disability chose not to apply for the City's ADA Paratransit Service but wants a ride from their home in Corvallis to the OSU campus in Corvallis at 2 pm on a Wednesday. Because the person is not a certified ADA Paratransit Rider, the ride is a Benton County STF ride with a fare.
Example 5: An ADA certified client wants a ride from the OSU campus to a store which is within 3/4 mile of the Philomath Connection (PC) route, at 5 pm on a Wednesday. This ride would have a fare because, while City's ADA Paratransit Service is also offered within 3/4 miles of the PC route, fareless rides only apply when the entire trip is within 3/4 mile of a CTS or Night Owl route. ADA rides within 3/4 mile of the PC route are charged a fare because the PC bus charges a fare to its passengers.
Questions? Call contact the Corvallis Transit System.