Have you ever asked yourself — what could public transportation do for you? One of the main benefits of public transportation is the fact that it makes it easier for people to get around. Without public transportation, many people — especially those without cars — would be limited in where they could go and what they could do. With public transportation, however, people can get to school and work, get to the grocery store and to doctors’ offices, visit relatives, and take advantage of many different types of entertainment, even if they do not own vehicles. Public transportation serves people of all ages and from all walks of life, ranging from families, including their children, to business people on their way to the office, to older adults.

Your Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program, sponsored by Coles County, Coles County Council on Aging & Illinois Department of Transportation, provides affordable, safe, accessible transportation not only to older adults, but also to persons with disabilities and all age groups of the general public. Dial- A- Ride is a demand response, door-to-door, handi-capped accessible provider. The program, which currently operates 15 wheelchair accessible buses, has offered Coles County travelers access to community resources while promoting independence and mobility since 1992.

There are many other benefits of the Dial- A-Ride Public Transportation Program. For example, the frequency of traffic jams and accidents may also be reduced when a person uses Dial-A-Ride making the Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation a benefit to the economy. It also helps people save money. Transportation is second only to housing in the average household budget and maintaining a working vehicle is often much more than the cost associated with public transportation. Dial-A-Ride has expanded the hours and areas of service. Two additional counties (Champaign and Effingham) are now accessible through this transportation program. The ZIP LINE is Dial-A-Ride’s newest feature and is available Monday – Friday (with the exception of major holidays) beginning with the 8 a.m. hour and ending after the 5 p.m. hour. It provides a curb to curb form of transportation at designated stop locations around the Mattoon Charleston areas.

Your Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program is comprised of a very dedicated staff of directors, dispatchers, and drivers who join together to make your experience with Dial-A- Ride an enjoyable one. Hours of operation for your Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

For more detailed information about services offered and Dial-A-Ride employment opportunities, please call 217-639-5169 or 1-800-550-5505 or you can visit your Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program’s website at dialaridetransit.org. Looking for advertisement opportunities? Your Dial-A-Ride Program offers unique advertisement capabilities on the DAR Vehicles and within the LifeSpan Center. Contact DAR Administrative Director Kaycie Sanders at 217-639-5150 for more information.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is 217-639-5150. Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.”

Peace Meals, sponsored by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, call 217-345-1800.



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