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Trial public transit service for people with disabilities launches Aug. 1 in Washington


A new trial public transit service for people with disabilities in Washington starts next month.

The city of Washington and Washington Township are partnering with CityLift for a six-month trial of a transportation service for people with disabilities starting Aug. 1.

Reema Abi-Akar is a planner with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

"We hope that this trial essentially will be a way to show that there is a demand for this type of service," Abi-Akar said.

The "door to door" service will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 18-to-59 year olds with mobility challenges who need to travel to locations in Washington, East Peoria, or Peoria.

Older people are eligible for transportation through the Central Illinois Agency on Aging.

"It is for people with mobility challenges, so if you're unable to drive a car, if you're unable to find other transportation, and you fall in that age range, then this could be for you," said Abi-Akar.

Printable rider applications can be found now on the city of Washington or Washington Township websites. Paper copies are also available at Washington City Hall, the Washington Township office, as well as OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint clinics in Washington. The Washington District Library and most churches in the city also have applications on hand.

You can also call Washington Township at (309) 444-2987 for help or to get an application mailed.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.